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Audience: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
What a good dog you are. What a smart dog you are. What a clever dog you are. These are the words Professor Ueno uses to praise his beloved Akita, Hachiko, daily. Professor Ueno takes the train to downtown Tokyo to the university where he teaches. One morning after he leaves, Hachi (his nickname) escapes through the unlatched gate and follows him to the train station. Having no time to return the dog home, Ueon is relieved when the stationmaster agrees to look after him. And thus starts the daily ritual of Hachi meeting his master at the 3:00 train. They make friends with 10-year-old Yasuo and his mother who also board the train daily. One day the Professor unexpectedly dies at work. When Yasuo finds out he grieves for the Professor and decides to take on the responsibility of caring for the lonely Akita who never fails to meet the 3:00 train. Every day for 10 years he comes to the station to feed Hachi. The stationmaster notices Yasuo's devotion to the dog and tells him that one day Hachi will reward him. 'A dog, reward me?' he scoffs. But reward him he does in a very special way. To find out how, read Hachiko Waits.
Similar books: Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog by Pamela S. Turner
Awards nominated: Bluestem 2011
Date read: 4/28/2009
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