Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog
by Pamela S. Turner and Yan Nascimbene
I pulled this book off the shelves at the library during a volunteering shift because someone put a hold on it. I glanced at it and then decided I had to stand there in the stacks and read it. It's a book for kids, so it was a quick read, but I was crying by the end of it.
This was a sweet, touching book. The illustrations were simple but soft and sweet. I liked that it was told from a child's point of view. It did a great job of showing the relationship of this dog to not just its master but the whole community.
My first impression was that it was a knock-off of Greyfriars Bobby, the story I was familiar with about a dog in Scotland who, upon the death of his master, still showed up where his master worked, waiting for him to come back. I thought "Oh, it's just someone applying that same legend to a dog in Japan. And then I realized I was standing in the nonfiction section. And at the end of the book there were actual photos of the statue erected for the dog in Japan. It strikes me as rather amazing that two dogs from different cultures, separated by so many miles and so much time, can act almost exactly the same. It really goes to show what loyalty and love dogs have for their packs/masters.