{"id":5357192903,"title":"Looking Out for Sarah","handle":"looking-out-for-sarah","description":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWritten \u0026amp; Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/glenna-lang\" title=\"Glenna Lang bio\"\u003eGlenna Lang\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eA story of friendship, loyalty, and trust\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSarah and her guide dog, Perry, go about their busy day. Perry helps Sarah go shopping, to the post office, and take the train to school. Sarah, a blind musician and teacher, entertains the children and tells them about the time she and Perry walked from Boston to New York to show the world what a blind person can accomplish with the help of a guide dog like Perry.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis true story of an amazing black Labrador retriever and his owner will inspire young readers to follow their own dreams and give them the courage to achieve anything.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eExpressive, stylized paintings in bold colors and simple shapes convey the extraordinary relationship between Sarah and Perry.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/aggie-and-ben\" title=\"Aggie and Ben\"\u003eAggie and Ben\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/emily-and-carlo\" title=\"Emily and Carlo\"\u003eEmily and Carlo\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/looking-out-for-sarah-spread.jpg?2525034260962356765\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eGlenna Lang, author \u0026amp; illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGlenna Lang studied art at the Boston Museum School. Her past work includes illustration for Robert Frost's \u003cem\u003eThe Runaway\u003c\/em\u003e, Robert Louis Stevenson's \u003cem\u003eMy Shadow\u003c\/em\u003e, James Whitcomb Riley's \u003cem\u003eWhen the Frost Is on the Punkin\u003c\/em\u003e, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's \u003cem\u003eThe Children's Hour\u003c\/em\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/glenna-lang\" title=\"Glenna Lang bio\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Glenna.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eALA Schneider Family Book Award\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePublishers Weekly\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBased on a real black Labrador retriever named Perry and his owner, Sarah Gregory Smith, \u003ci\u003eLooking Out for Sarah\u003c\/i\u003e by Glenna Lang tells about the relationship between a blind woman and her lead dog. Perry guides Sarah to their favorite grocery store, the post office and then a nearby school. Sarah tells the children, \"Yes, she and Perry once walked from Boston to New York to show the world what a guide dog can do for a blind person.\" Lang's warm gouache paintings convey the trusting and affectionate friendship between the two.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBooklist\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBased on a true story, this handsome picture book tells of a day in the life of a guide dog, Perry, a black Labrador retriever who looks out for his blind owner, Sarah. Every page shows the close bond between the strong, active woman and the beloved companion who helps her be independent. Walking in the street, shopping, working, and relaxing at home, they are together. 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Her past work includes illustration for Robert Frost's \u003cem\u003eThe Runaway\u003c\/em\u003e, Robert Louis Stevenson's \u003cem\u003eMy Shadow\u003c\/em\u003e, James Whitcomb Riley's \u003cem\u003eWhen the Frost Is on the Punkin\u003c\/em\u003e, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's \u003cem\u003eThe Children's Hour\u003c\/em\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/glenna-lang\" title=\"Glenna Lang bio\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Glenna.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eALA Schneider Family Book Award\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePublishers Weekly\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBased on a real black Labrador retriever named Perry and his owner, Sarah Gregory Smith, \u003ci\u003eLooking Out for Sarah\u003c\/i\u003e by Glenna Lang tells about the relationship between a blind woman and her lead dog. Perry guides Sarah to their favorite grocery store, the post office and then a nearby school. Sarah tells the children, \"Yes, she and Perry once walked from Boston to New York to show the world what a guide dog can do for a blind person.\" Lang's warm gouache paintings convey the trusting and affectionate friendship between the two.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBooklist\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBased on a true story, this handsome picture book tells of a day in the life of a guide dog, Perry, a black Labrador retriever who looks out for his blind owner, Sarah. Every page shows the close bond between the strong, active woman and the beloved companion who helps her be independent. Walking in the street, shopping, working, and relaxing at home, they are together. The narrative is true to Perry's viewpoint, whether he's enjoying the soft carpet and the crumbs under the table or leading Sarah up the steps of the post office or feeling the wind flattening his ears as he runs in the park. The gouache art, in bold, saturated colors and flat, well-defined shapes, is both childlike and sophisticated, with Perry at the center of the big pictures. Once Sarah and Perry walked 300 miles, from Boston to New York, and children will be caught up by the excitement of the journey as well as by the depiction of what a guide dog can do.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe Boston Globe\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSmith's spirited, upbeat approach to living life with a disability was one of the reasons she became the subject of a new children's book, \"Looking Out for Sarah,\" by Cambridge writer and illustrator Glenna Lang. It is a picture book about a day in the life of a seeing-eye dog and his person, from the dog's point of view.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e(\"Left, Perry,\" said Sarah. As they strode down the sidewalk, Perry pulled to the side to sniff a tasty crumb. He knew he shouldn't eat on the job, but he hoped Sarah wouldn't mind just once.\")\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLang spent six months shadowing Smith. Her book depicts the way Perry, the guide dog, helps Smith maneuver around Salem and beyond, taking the train, meeting with friends, visiting an elementary school to sing for students and tell them about life with a guide dog. It describes how, in 1994, Sarah and Perry walked 300 miles to Manhattan to raise awareness about guide dogs and meet Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLang says she got the idea for the book \"many, many years ago. It was one of those ideas you carry around with you a long, long time.\" She interviewed several people with guide dogs and was immediately impressed with Smith's energy and good cheer. She \"fell in love\" with Perry, a black Labrador retriever.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"Sarah is charismatic and dynamic,\" says Lang. \"She is quite an inspiration. It's just amazing that someone in her situation is not at all slowed down, as far as I can see. I always forget that she's blind. She doesn't act blind. I know she can't read the book, but the amazing thing is I feel that she can. 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Looking Out for Sarah

Written & Illustrated by: Glenna Lang

A story of friendship, loyalty, and trust

Sarah and her guide dog, Perry, go about their busy day. Perry helps Sarah go shopping, to the post office, and take the train to school. Sarah, a blind musician and teacher, entertains the children and tells them about the time she and Perry walked from Boston to New York to show the world what a blind person can accomplish with the help of a guide dog like Perry.

This true story of an amazing black Labrador retriever and his owner will inspire young readers to follow their own dreams and give them the courage to achieve anything.

Expressive, stylized paintings in bold colors and simple shapes convey the extraordinary relationship between Sarah and Perry.

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Glenna Lang, author & illustrator

Glenna Lang studied art at the Boston Museum School. Her past work includes illustration for Robert Frost's The Runaway, Robert Louis Stevenson's My Shadow, James Whitcomb Riley's When the Frost Is on the Punkin, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Children's Hour.

Read more about Glenna.

  • ALA Schneider Family Book Award

Publishers Weekly

Based on a real black Labrador retriever named Perry and his owner, Sarah Gregory Smith, Looking Out for Sarah by Glenna Lang tells about the relationship between a blind woman and her lead dog. Perry guides Sarah to their favorite grocery store, the post office and then a nearby school. Sarah tells the children, "Yes, she and Perry once walked from Boston to New York to show the world what a guide dog can do for a blind person." Lang's warm gouache paintings convey the trusting and affectionate friendship between the two.

Booklist

Based on a true story, this handsome picture book tells of a day in the life of a guide dog, Perry, a black Labrador retriever who looks out for his blind owner, Sarah. Every page shows the close bond between the strong, active woman and the beloved companion who helps her be independent. Walking in the street, shopping, working, and relaxing at home, they are together. The narrative is true to Perry's viewpoint, whether he's enjoying the soft carpet and the crumbs under the table or leading Sarah up the steps of the post office or feeling the wind flattening his ears as he runs in the park. The gouache art, in bold, saturated colors and flat, well-defined shapes, is both childlike and sophisticated, with Perry at the center of the big pictures. Once Sarah and Perry walked 300 miles, from Boston to New York, and children will be caught up by the excitement of the journey as well as by the depiction of what a guide dog can do.

The Boston Globe

Smith's spirited, upbeat approach to living life with a disability was one of the reasons she became the subject of a new children's book, "Looking Out for Sarah," by Cambridge writer and illustrator Glenna Lang. It is a picture book about a day in the life of a seeing-eye dog and his person, from the dog's point of view.

("Left, Perry," said Sarah. As they strode down the sidewalk, Perry pulled to the side to sniff a tasty crumb. He knew he shouldn't eat on the job, but he hoped Sarah wouldn't mind just once.")

Lang spent six months shadowing Smith. Her book depicts the way Perry, the guide dog, helps Smith maneuver around Salem and beyond, taking the train, meeting with friends, visiting an elementary school to sing for students and tell them about life with a guide dog. It describes how, in 1994, Sarah and Perry walked 300 miles to Manhattan to raise awareness about guide dogs and meet Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

Lang says she got the idea for the book "many, many years ago. It was one of those ideas you carry around with you a long, long time." She interviewed several people with guide dogs and was immediately impressed with Smith's energy and good cheer. She "fell in love" with Perry, a black Labrador retriever.

"Sarah is charismatic and dynamic," says Lang. "She is quite an inspiration. It's just amazing that someone in her situation is not at all slowed down, as far as I can see. I always forget that she's blind. She doesn't act blind. I know she can't read the book, but the amazing thing is I feel that she can. She really listens to what people have to say and has a full imagination.

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ISBN: 978-1-57091-607-6

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ISBN: 978-1-60734-345-5 PDF
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Ages: 4-8
Page count: 32
8 1/2 x 11

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