Doc, Willie, and the Pack: Secrets, Gifts, Family is the continuing humorous saga of five hunting dogs and their encounters with many different types of animals.
Doc and the pack discover that Willie, the crow with bad eyesight, has a big secret. Can Willie convince the pack he is part of their family? Will the pack discover what Willie’s big secret is? How does Zeke accept Willie’s gift? The adventure continues at the Lazy Dog Hacienda with Doc, Willie, and the pack.
Linda Harkey’s book, “The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow”, left a lasting impression on my first grade students! Several months after reading the book we did a picture walk of the book and here are some of the responses I received from them about the book. “I learned about team effort.” “ It is always important to help our friends.” “ Don’t call people names.” “Help people who are hurt.” “ Don’t judge people by their cover.” “Be respectful to your family.” And “Don’t be mean to others.” They all loved the book and want another one!
—Rollinda Saunders, First Grade Teacher, Eagle Nest Elementary School
I wholeheartedly endorse Linda Harkey and her books! She was amazing with the children at the three library programs we had this summer. Linda has a great rapport with the kids and they can tell that she loves her books. The kids were enthralled with the stories and the activities we did with them after hearing the stories of Doc, Patch, Newt, Zeke, Willie, and BJ. The children were so excited to meet an author in person and I’m sure Linda has inspired a love of writing in several of them. I can’t wait until Linda’s newest book comes out and we can have another author visit from her!
—Melody Costa, Library Director, Shuter Library of Angel Fire
These hunting dogs jump off the page and come to life through Linda’s tales of their adventures as they face challenges in life. I am a second-grade teacher in Eagle Nest, New Mexico, and I also organize our public library summer reading program. Linda’s stories engaged our students in the lives of these dogs, sparking great discussions and learning activities about character development, sequencing, and elements of the story. One student brought a stuffed puppy dog named after Zeke to join the fun every week.
—Cindy Carr, NBCT, Second Grade Teacher, Eagle Nest Elementary School