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A story inspired by a real dog who frequently traveled alone on a ferry across Puget Sound to visit his master at work in a boatyard.

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Gloria and Ted Rand are a husband and wife team who have collaborated on many picture books

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"Gloria Rand's first book is based on a true story, and it moves along quickly and succinctly; vibrant watercolor illustrations show Salty for the sporty hero he is." --Publishers Weekly "Reflected with sparkling clarity in Rand's realistic illustrations, the boat's construction fascinatingly takes shape with each turn of the page....It offers a pleasing nautical twist on the theme of boy-dog companionship." --Booklist

K-Gr 3-- Zack, a boatbuilder, acquires a puppy with the intention of making him a seagoing dog. The two ride the ferry between home and work, and tiny Salty wins the crew's affection. At Zack's boatyard, Salty is kept in a box to avoid danger. But as Salty grows too big for a box, he must be left home alone. Missing Zack, Salty digs out under the fence and hops aboard the ferry on his own. Soon he becomes a regular commuter. When Zack finishes his building, Salty is outfitted with a life vest and taken on his maiden voyage on the boat that now bears his name. (There's an inconsistency here: if the grownup Salty acts so responsibly at the boatyard, why does he commute alone and not just hang out with Zack?) This engaging and affectionate tale is illustrated in brilliant watercolor spreads that pay close attention to detail. The rich atmosphere of a seagoing community is nicely evoked, and Salty appears in every illustration, growing from adorable miniscule pup to well-behaved dog. --Leda Schubert, Vermont Department of Education, Montpelier

"Gloria Rand's first book is based on a true story, and it moves along quickly and succinctly; vibrant watercolor illustrations show Salty for the sporty hero he is." --Publishers Weekly "Reflected with sparkling clarity in Rand's realistic illustrations, the boat's construction fascinatingly takes shape with each turn of the page....It offers a pleasing nautical twist on the theme of boy-dog companionship." --Booklist

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