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Book Review: Pukka: The Pup After Merle

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.

Fans of Kerasotes best-selling Merles Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog often asked when and if the photographer, outdoorsman, and winner of the National Outdoor Book Award would get a successor to Merle. Having worked through his grief, he finally felt ready to commit to another dog and located a breeder with a newborn puppy who reminded him of Merle. He named the pup Pukka. Writing as Pukka and illustrating the sparse text with stunning color photographs on every page, Kerasote has created a pictorial diary of the first six months of the dogs life. But this book is much more than a record of the growth and training of a pup; it is visual documentation of the development of a human-animal bond as well as a breathtakingly beautiful tour of the Western United States. (Library Journal, 2010).

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