The Dogs of Winter by Bobbie Pyron

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Ivan is only 4 years old when he runs away to the streets of Moscow. At first, he is taken in by a scruffy group of children under one adult’s control. They live in the subway stations, begging and stealing food. He soon befriends and is adopted by a small group of dogs and becomes one of them. They survive on the trains in the winter and in the forest during the summer. Ivan keeps a button belonging to his (probably dead) mother as a talisman and remembers the fairy tales she read to him. Increasingly, his time with the dogs provides nourishment for both his hungry belly and his soul. Threats are ever present in the form of police, gangs of teens and wild animals in the forest. Two years later he is captured, and after months of care, he regains his humanness. This book is absolutely amazing, especially since it involves animals! The book was beautifully written. You could feel every emotion the main character went through and the descriptive details in every passage was breath taking! I was intrigued through out the entire book and the author did a wonderful job! I would recommend this book to everyone that I know.

Storyboard Text

  • No! Please don't!!
  • It's either me or the boy!!
  • After Mishka's grandmother died, his mom started to date another man. Eventually, he came to live with them. He would abuse them and make Mishka sleep in the pantry. One day while Mishka was in there, the man and his mom were fighting and he killed her, but Mishka didn't know it.
  • I don't want to go to an orphanage! I want to find my mom!!
  • GET BACK HERE!!!!
  • Eventually, the man was going to take Mishka to an orphanage. Mishka wanted to find his mom and he feared the orphanage, so he ran away.
  • You WILL get me money or else you'll regret it!!!
  • Mishka found other homeless children and they accepted him into the group. They stayed in the train station underground to keep warm. The older boy who took care of the children would abuse them too and tell them to get him money.
  • One day while trying to get money, Mishka followed a dog around. The dog led him to a whole group of dogs and they loved the boy. Mishka decided to run away with them.
  • They ran far, far away and went through many struggles over the years. Mishka never found his mom and he forgot about her. He even forgot his own name, so he went by what other people would call him, "Dog Boy".
  • I miss them so much...
  • After a few years, the dogs and Mishka accidentally separated and Mishka was captured and taken into a orphanage, where he continuously suffered.
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