Canine Hero of the Silver Screen

Today I have a book that looks at Strongheart, the canine hero of the silver screen.  This German Shepard had the looks, the acting chops, and the presence to make moviegoers swoon and he was an early action hero!   I think Benjii owes a debt of gratitude to his predecessor who made viewers open to the charm and wiles of a dog as leading man.

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Title: Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screencanine hero of the silver screen strong heart

Author: Candace Fleming

Target: Grades 2-5

Series: No

What this book is about:

This book is a fictionalized account of a true story. Strongheart was a dog who captivated the hearts of viewers during the era of silent movies. This story shares how Strongheart was discovered, his foray into film and how he was set up by grifters who were trying to get ahold of his fortune.

Why I love this book:

  • How can readers resist the story of a dog who could act and had all the makings of a star? His heartbreaking beginning as a police dog in Berlin who was bullied into obedience will tear at your heartstrings. His discovery by Larry, the director who coaxed out the kind-hearted canine that still lived within him and his love for Lady Jule who gave him the family he never realized he longed is a wonderful turn of events. This is good stuff.
  • I really enjoyed seeing the actual pictures of Strongheart and Lady Jule in the back of the book. You can even see one of Strongheart’s film on youtube! Sadly most of his film work has been lost, which is so surprising in this digital age.
  • I loved the illustrations by Eric Rohmann. They reminded me quite a bit of the drawings of Brian Selznick in The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Who this book is for:

This book would make a wonderful read aloud! I also think it is great for kids who are looking for historical fiction or animal stories. The pages are smaller, the print is large and the illustrations abundant so many different levels of readers can successfully tackle this book.

Final thoughts:

Apparently, Benji owes a debt of gratitude to the first canine star!

To purchase this book:

Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen.  A portion of each purchase goes to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.