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Champion Dog : Prince Tom by Jean Fritz and Tom Clute ; Illustrated by Ernest Hart (Weekly Reader Children Book Club)

Champion Dog : Prince Tom by Jean Fritz and Tom Clute ; Illustrated by Ernest Hart (Weekly Reader Children Book Club)


New York : Coward-McCann, Inc., 1959. Book club edition. Hardcover. 128 pages : Illustrated ; 22 cm. $2.95 dust jacket with lots of worm holes around the edges of the dust jacket. Gray cover boards with black title on front and spine. Lean to spine. Dampness to inner pages. Pages toned and unmarked. Binding is firm.

Illustrated by Ernest Hart

This is the true story of a loveable, undersized blonde cocker spaniel with big ideas. Prince Tom, who lives in Adrian, Michigan, with his owner, Tom Clute, spends his life surprising people, doing the impossible, and adding new titles to his name. Today he is one of the most famous dogs in the country with an official name so long that it takes two breaths to say it. (Try it.) Prince Tom III, Companion Dog, Companion Dog Excellent, Utility Dog, National Field Trial Champion.

When the little blonde cocker was born, he was the runt of the litter. No one expected him to amount to anything. For a long time, no one wanted to buy him. But one lucky day he was sold, put into a box and given to Tom Clute at a surprise party.

Right away he began talking in his up and down voice. Tom Clute guessed that he was more than an ordinary dog, and Nathan Thompson, a nine-year-old friend, knew that he was a very extraordinary one. In short order, Prince became a trick dog, a TV performer, and an obedience trial champion.

Then he discovered hunting! This was the most fun of all. From then on, he began to t amaze the experts, just as he will amaze anyone who reads about the adventures and 'victories that lead up to the grandest title of all, National Field Trial Champion.

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