All Aboard, Owney!
Kids will love riding the railroad with Owney and his friends as the conductor shouts, “Next stop, the Adirondacks!”
Jennifer Gordon Sattler’s second book for children is adapted from the true story of a lonely puppy that wandered into the Albany Post Office in 1888 and fell asleep on a mailbag. He followed his “bed” onto a train and loved riding the rails so much that he spent the rest of his life traveling the mail cars of America. Postal workers named him Owney and adopted him as their railway mail service mascot. They gave him a special coat so post offices could pin tags on it noting the places he had visited. An exhibit at the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. features Owney and his coat with tags from all over the world.
In Sattler’s story, Owney the mail dog rides the Adirondack railroad and discovers the wilderness with his new forest friends. They rescue him when he loses track of time and almost misses the train home!
The author illustrates the book with 21 gorgeous full color paintings. Kids will love the Adirondack adventures of Owney and his wilderness friends. Sattler is also the author of the delightful Saratoga children’s book, Bella’s Saratoga Summer, published by Nicholas K. Burns in 2002.
Jennifer Gordon Sattler received her BFA in Painting in 1991 from the University of New Hampshire and her MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington, Hope School of Fine Arts in 1994. She has taught painting and drawing and exhibited extensively, winning a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 1996. She is now a full-time mom living with her husband, Paul, and daughters, Mazie and Lilia at her home in Greenfield, New York, just outside of Saratoga Springs. This is Jennifer’s second book. Her first one, Bella’s Saratoga Summer, was published by Nicholas K. Burns in 2002.