Angus and Sadie (Davis Farm, #1)by Cynthia Voigt, Tom Leigh Published 03 May 2005
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Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt presents this charming middle grade novel about two border collie puppies growing up on a farm—a brother and sister who couldn't be more different from each other...or so they think. "Voigt's touch with dogs is as deft as it is with humans," raved The Horn Book.
Angus and Sadie are siblings, but that doesn't mean they're the same. Angus is black-and-white and bigger. He is a good, brave, and clever dog—and he likes that. Sadie, on the other hand, is red-and-white and small. She isn't as quick to learn—or to obey. Angus thinks she's scared of everything, but Sadie knows that's not true. She's just different.
This heartwarming story of two wonderful border collie siblings growing up on a farm in Maine is perfect for young readers who enjoyed Ann M. Martin’s A Dog’s Life and John Grogan’s Marley books, animal lovers of all ages, and anyone who's ever had—or wondered what it would be like to have—a brother or sister just like themselves, but very, very different.
"Angus and Sadie (Davis Farm, #1)" Reviews
An homage to border collie mixes. And fun. But also very reflective of the issue presented in Men Explain Things to Me*... Sadie needs *more* smarts & strength just to stand up for herself against Angus' patronizing.
I did like this observation, even though it's inserted somewhat randomly as the dogs aren't generally presented as so very philosophical:
"I don't understand weird, Sadie said.
"It's what's not normal, Angus explained. It's what's different from me."
I will look for more in the series, and I might even go back and try some of Voigt's famous old 'problem novels.'
*Disclosure: I've not read the essay yet, and I expect I'll criticize it, but the meme does refer to an issue that is valid to a lot of people's experiences.
This is young and optimistic and charming, and every so often you see these flashes of insight Voigt can't quite make vanish, even when writing in this simplified perspective:
Then Missus bent down to pick up some Snowing, but instead of throwing it to Angus, she threw it at Mister. "You fetch," she said.It's weird to call a deliberately simple book narrated by two dogs elegant, but this IS. And funny!
"Hey!" he said, and threw some right back at her.
"Hey, yourself!" She laughed. "You shouldn't tease Angus that way. Or any way. Or any dog."
"Okay," Mister said. "You're right. Angus, come! I want to show you something."
Angus came, and Mister gave him the Snowing instead of letting him fetch it, and that wasn't nearly as much fun... It's just water, he told Sadie. No, it's Snowing, she told him. Try eating it, he advised her.
So she did. What happened to the Snowing? It's water! she said.
I shouldn't tease you that way, Angus said.
And the last sentence is really beautiful, and such a perfect ending.
“Angus and Sadie”
Author: Cynthia Voigt
Angus and Sadie the two curious pups, the ones that love adventure, the ones that sometimes get in trouble. Angus the brave and courageous, Sadie the shy and curious. And living together as brother and sister might change the story. Maybe even them.
Cynthia Voigt lives in Maine, USA, and has two grown children. Also she is the author of 20 books, and is a Newbery Medal winner.
The setting in this story takes place on a farm near a big forest by a river and creek. The main characters of this story are Angus and Sadie that are two curious pups (Border Collies). Angus’ characteristics are a tough and brave pup and he tries to be the best and work his hardest every day. He works really hard and likes to be the best. Now Sadie is another story; she is very curious lazy and shy. Also she likes to wander off and explore. Sometimes it is kinda hard for her to stay on task.
The two owners Mister and Missus adopted two Border Collies; and named them Angus and Sadie. Now remember, these two pups have very different characteristics. Now comes the training… Angus, he was great at it; just say the command and he will do it. All it took was first time practice; then he knows it all! Now Sadie, on the other hand, did not like training at all. Lets just say... she was stubborn. After that those pups started to get comfortable with their new home. They knew that their sleeping place was in the barn; and knew places where they could and couldn't be. The pups are starting to get older and bigger now. And starting to get more curious. All I can tell you is that some unexpected things happen.
I love this book because, I love the way the two main characters (Angus and Sadie) have two totally different personalities but are still brother and sister. Another reason I love this book is the adventure part. I love how the author turns the story about two pups with totally different personalities, living together, into an adventure. In my opinion, these pups are on the adventure of life, which I personally love.
One thing about this book that I wished happen, is that there will be a sequel. One thing that I wished happened differently in this book is that the story had a little more backstory about the pups growing up at the adoption center where Mister and Missus adopted them.
This book is really good, I love it! One of the reasons I love it is because I love dogs! Also because it is my favorite type of genre. Books take me places and some are hard to connect to, and some are easy; this one was easy. I highly recommend this to you or your friends. (Especially if you or they love dogs!)
Oh, and one more thing I will say, is that Angus and Sadie get into a big fight, and my question to you is, what will happen next? Will they makeup? Or not? To find out, read “Angus and Sadie.”
Fairly disappointed by this. While there were lovely bits of writing, especially the descriptions of the farm and the puppies' early life, the dog-training bits were just plain wrong. I don't know what time period this was but the men, Mister and Angus were so damn chauvinistic! The narrator made this a better book. She had terrific voices and added energy to an otherwise quiet story.
Well-written and entertaining children's story; a little silly for older kids but an excellent book for younger readers or people who love dog stories and books with Maine settings. The front cover was wonderfully illustrated, too.
Same setting and some of the same characters as this year’s Toaff’s Way. I liked this one even better, because the anthropomorphism was dialed back a little compared to Toaff’s Way, and I thought it more effective.