In June 1783, three-year-old Sarah Whitcher wanders into the woods and disappears.
For three long days friends and neighbors search fruitlessly for her. Then a stranger leads the desperate family to a pine tree beneath which the child lies. Sarah tells her rescuers of the "big black dog" that kept her warm every night—but the bear tracks encircling her tell a different tale.
The drama of this unbelievable but true story is enhanced by Ted Rand's stunning illustrations. Rand manages to impart the sorry and fear of the family and searchers as well as their relief and joy upon her return, without making the story too intense for young listeners.
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