Vera is a dog. Davie Bunch finds her. He works for the Coast Guard. The Ol’ Man is his commander. Davie decides to hide Vera from the Ol’ Man. Vera is good at fetching things. Vera rescues a ship, and the Ol’ Man makes her a mascot of the base. When the Sausilito Ferry starts sinking, Vera swims over to the ferry without a lifejacket and gets all the people out. Vera gets hurt during the rescue, so she retires. She has lots of puppies. When she dies, they bury her like a soldier. Her grave is marked by two anchors.
This is a true story. The author worked for the veterinarian who was Vera’s doctor. The illustrations are okay. The story is better than the pictures. I wish there was a real photo of Vera. Why does the Ol’ Man always have a cigar?
I hadn’t heard of Vera before. She was a hero. I wish I had one of her puppies’ puppies’ puppies. This book doesn’t have a glossary, and there are lots of sailing words like “frogmen” and “listing to port.” People who like dogs would like this book. It’s a good book for anyone.
Patricia Polacco • Patricia Polacco, Illustrator
Paula Wiseman Books