Article/page published: 09 January 2017
Last updated: 14 January 2017
We never knew who had drowned Pierrot, but it was Sandy who saved his life and brought him home.
Two brothers and a sister rescue a drowning dog and then do everything they can think of to persade their mother to let them keep him. This absolutely lovely story was originally written by Juliana Horatia Ewing, who lived from 1841 until 1885. Collins asked me to retell it for children today after the success of Old Father Christmas, which was also originally written by Juliana. All I have done is to make the language a little simpler for children today to understand. I fell in love with the story as soon as I read it, and I’m sure anyone who loves dogs, or wild flowers, or simply playing out in the country, will want to read it and share it. It takes you back to a time long before computers or televisions, but the story of longing to keep a stray dog and give him a home is as moving today as it ever was.
Robin Bell Corfield’s gorgeous watercolour illustrations are perfect.