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Calico Dorsey



Last updated Friday, February 24, 2012

Author: Susan Lendroth
Illustrator: Adam Gustavson
Date of Publication: 2010
ISBN: 1582463182
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: May 2012

Synopsis: Neither rain, nor snow, nor gloom of night kept this poch from his appointed rounds! Back in the 1880s, when the Old West boomed with the rush for gold and silver, the miners of Calico, California, needed a mail carrier they could count on. And they found him in a Border collie named Dorsey. Based on the true story of the most celebrated canine mail carrier in U.S. history, Calico Dorsey tells the tale of a winsome stray who found both a home and a calling on the mining trails of the Old West.

Note to readers:
•  An Author's Note includes a photograph of the real-life Dorsey, as well as historical information he called home.

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*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!