Hachiko Waits

Narrated by: James Yaegashi
Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 5-7
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Every morning in the Japanese town of Shibuya, Professor Ueno awakens and is greeted by his loyal Akita dog, Hachiko. They enjoy a breakfast together before the professor leaves to catch the train to the school where he teaches. And Hachiko sits at the station eagerly awaiting his master’s return. Then one afternoon Professor Ueno does not return. And Hachiko waits. Days and weeks pass and still no one - not even the young boy Yasuo who comes to care for him - can persuade the faithful dog to leave his post. Years go by and yet still he waits. In time, Hachiko will come to be remembered and honored throughout Japan for his singular devotion.

Poet, author, and animal advocate Lesleá Newman earned an ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Honor and scores of other accolades for this touching tale based on a true story. Sprinkled throughout with Japanese vocabulary words, this audio production serves as an excellent introduction to a different culture while simultaneously illustrating the universality of human emotions.

©2004 Lesléa Newman (P)2008 Recorded Books

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Great Book!

I loved this book. Very touching. Hachiko's devotion is inspiring. If everyone acted as Hachiko did the world would be a better place.

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The human-animal bond beautifully illustrated!!

Very touching story told a little differently than the movie; chockful of life lessons for all!!

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Sweet Story

I have read a book about this sweet and devoted dog that is more of an biography. This was a sweet story but the other was the actual story.