In a park in New York City lives a lonely little dog. He remembers when he used to get taken for walks, fed dinner every night, and told he was a good dog. Now, he's all alone and must fend for himself. But everything changes one day when he sees a lady reading in the park and decides to follow herall the way to a place where he might become a star! With a story by actress Bernadette Peters and mixed-media collage illustrations by Liz Murphy, Broadway Barks is a warm and appealing story of loss, reunion, and nurturing, complete with a happy ending. This beautiful package includes a jacket with foil touches as well as an exclusive CD featuring a reading of the story and an original song written and sung by Bernadette Peters."
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In 1998, Peters and Mary Tyler Moore founded Broadway Barks, an annual pet "adopt-a-thon" in the theater district of New York City. Peters here offers the story of a scraggly, gray dog living in Central Park who is befriended by a lady with long, curly, red hair (Peters herself of course, though not specifically identified in the text). The dog narrates the tale, describing how the kind woman takes him by taxi to a theater where he observes the Broadway Barks show. The dog has his turn on stage, where he attempts to sing and dance in his own way, and he is chosen for adoption by a little girl who appreciates his talents. The story is simple but humorous, artfully complemented by Murphy's delightful mixed-media illustrations. A CD is included with Peters reading the text and singing an original song written for her own dog. Author royalties from this not-too-self-aggrandizing and wholly goodhearted offering go to Broadway Barks. (Picture book. 3-7) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters has led a dazzling career on Broadway and in theaters and concert halls around the world, playing such memorable roles as te witch in Into the Woods, and mam Rose in Gypsy. She is the cofounder, with Mary Tyler Moore, of Broadway Barks, a charity that finds homes for shelter animals. Her passion for animals is the inspiration behind this book Liz Murphy was born in England and lives with her family in Montclair, New Jersey. She is a graduate of the Kingston Art College, where she majored in graphic design.