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An irresistible family of dogs and the man who believed in them.Meet Luciano Anastasini, a man who calls the circus home.Meet ten dogs that have no home.When fate brings man and dogs together, a remarkable story of belief and second chances unfolds. So step right up, and prepare to be amazed!...

Title : Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs
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ISBN : 9780545234979
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs Reviews

  • Cassidy Flood
    2018-12-29 17:54

    I really love dogs, so this was a good one to read. It was a bit longer, but it kept my interest. Especially since the photographs were real and not drawn.

  • Sunday Cummins
    2019-01-05 14:41

    I REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK!!!!! Narrative about a circus performer who suffered tremendous injuries and was not able to perform anymore; he decides to adopt unwanted dogs from the pound. He observed the dogs' strengths and used these to create a hilariously entertaining show - where everyone is valued, loved, and belongs. This would be a great read aloud and then re-read aloud again for grades k-2. If you had multiple copies, it could be a great book for 2nd/3rd graders to read and discuss in student-led conversations and I think writing in response to this book could push students to think critically - beyond the book - about theme words like compassion, perseverance, empathy, patience, wonder, curiosity and the power of listening and observing instead of assuming!A few tips - students need to understand the difference between the pound for dogs and dogs you buy at a pet store or through a breeder - this is a concept central to the narrative about these ten dogs. There are a few idioms that might trip up your English Learners like "three strikes against her."Great tier two vocabulary (vocabulary that can be used in many different contexts) - dependable, contrary, hopeless, nervous, unmanageable, grateful, etc.

  • Dolly
    2019-01-20 12:30

    This is a sweet and humorous tale about a man who had been a part of the circus all of his life. After a tragic accident, he tries to find a new niche, a new place for himself in the circus family. Along the way, he rescues several dogs and creates an act out of their own natural talents and energy. I love that he doesn't 'train' them to do tricks as much as allow their boundless energy to be channeled in a funny act. I also love that he has adopted a new 'generation' of unwanted dogs who will join along in the fun. The story is short, with lots of colorful photographs and small blurbs of information about each dog. We were introduced to this book at a local library event this weekend that promoted the county's summer reading program. The librarians read small parts of many different books, offering teasers of some of the recommended books on the reading list. So, of course, we had to check it out. Overall, we found this book to be heartwarming and funny and we really enjoyed reading it together.

  • Danette
    2018-12-26 16:53

    As a dog trainer (and a human!) I LOVED this book! I don't know what circuses Luciano performs with but given his positive reinforcement approach to his work with the dogs my guess is it's Big Apple or some other animal friendly group (I hope). I would think he wouldn't be a big fan go Ringling Bros...

  • Laura
    2019-01-19 20:26

    I LOVE DOG'S AND Lucianos DOGS ARE SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#

  • Carrie
    2018-12-30 12:41


  • Hannah
    2018-12-24 13:39

    Nonfiction/Twin Text Entry #5 This book is about a man named Luciano Anastasini who was born into a family of circus performers. He was severely injured during a stunt, and it took four operations to put him back together. After the accident, he was told that he would never be able to perform again. This was problematic for Anastasini because the circus was in his blood, so he decided to come up with a completely new act. He went to an animal shelter and adopted 10 dogs that nobody had bothered to give a second chance, much like Anastasini himself. He spent a lot of time with each dog to find out what their weaknesses were so that he could turn them into strengths for a performance. "Let them show him what they wanted to do. Then, somehow, he'd figure out a way to let them do it."The book highlights all ten dogs in brief summaries about their past and personalities. The page that is dedicated to their individual story reflects their personality in the photographs and colors used. The photos in the rest of the book are vivid and bright, and show the reciprocated love and trust the dogs and Anastasini have for each other. The amazing thing this book teaches students is that love can give people second chances, and that everyone has value. This book helps students understand compassion, patience, and the importance of perseverance. A book that matches "Stay" perfectly is, "To the Big Top," written by Jill Esbaum. Sam and Benny are best friends who wake up early in the morning in eager anticipation for the circus' arrival into town. The two boys help the workers that morning set up the circus for the show and they, "Lugged water till our shoulders ached." That afternoon Sam and Benny watched the parade from the top of a tree, got into some trouble with a monkey, and took in the busy sights and sounds of the circus going on around them. The author incorporated lines in the book that brought the sound to life. For example, "The BOOM-baBOOM of the big drums shook my bones." This allows the reader to feel as if they are inside the story itself, experiencing it alongside Sam and Benny. This book is a wonderful pair with "Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs," because there is an emphasis on the excitement of the circus, and the importance of friendship when things beneath the surface aren't always perfect. In "To the Big Top," Esbaum shows how Sam and Benny are paid for their volunteer work with two nickels and two tickets, and throughout the book the two friends are also given many decisions as to how to spend those nickels on the food and entertainment. "Good thing, because Sam and I didn't have two cents to rub together." This conveys the importance of spending money wisely and making good decisions, which are very valuable lessons for students to learn.

  • Heather
    2018-12-25 12:55

    Title: Stay: The True Story of Ten DogsAuthor: Michaela MunteanGenre: Nonfiction/InformationalPlot Summary: This story is an account of a man named Luciano who has been surrounded by family members in the circus all his life. Without surprise he joins the circus and does lots of crazy stunts. Unfortunately one time his stunts lead him to a severe injury and he lost hope on following his dreams of being a circus perfomer. His imagination kicked in when he thought about how he could stay in his dream field. So, he decided instead of buying a dog from a breeder he would adopt some. Although he started out with 5 he eventually took more dogs in when he could. He helped them by taking them in but they helped him by giving him friends and helping him keep his drak alive.Criteria for Nonfiction: One thing that validates the content of this book is Luciano's letter at the back of the book. He gives his sentiment of his life with dogs and how they have improved it so much. The information is clearly presented and the arrangement of the text on the page is easy and fun to follow.Classroom Connection: This book might be for 1st or 2nd graders so I would try to connect this to them as much as possible. Since Luciano's dogs helped him continue his circus career I would have students think about different ways that dogs could be useful. Examples such as therapy dogs, seeing eye dogs, police and military, etc. This is a link to a video of Luciano performing with his dogs. I would show this after reading the book so that the students could do more then just ee pictures of them.Also I could read as connecting texts, Nubs- The Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Brian Dennis. I could also read The True Story of a Loyal Dog by Pamela Turner.Note: This book is part of my text set on adoption.

  • Lauren
    2019-01-13 14:46

    Fiction twin text- Flawed Dogs by Berkeley BreathedThese two texts were the most obvious pair in my mind. Both stories feature underdogs that have been rejected in one way or another but manage to get a second chance. Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs is such a sweet book about a man whose career as a circus performer is drastically altered when he sustains a life changing injury as the result of falling during his act. As he tries to pick up the pieces of his life and figure out how to still be a part of the circus despite his damaged body, he formulates a fantastic idea. He rescues rejected dogs from the pound, gives them a home and a job to do which he says is crucial to a dog's happiness. The relationship he develops with these once dejected dogs is so sweet. Together they created a hugely successful act that allows him, and the dogs to be a part of the circus. Flawed Dogs is a fiction story of a group of misfit dogs who decide to break into the Westminster Dog Show to exact revenge on an evil poodle. As a person who grew up with plenty of mixed breed dogs and who currently owns and loves a whippet/pit bull mix, I have to root for the underdog and champion the less than show worthy pooches!

  • Beth Nieman
    2018-12-26 20:45

    If you like dog stories that make you smile, this is the book for you!Luciano, a third-generation circus performer who works in the trapeze act, had a bad fall and needed to come up with a new job to do at the circus. He knew he needed some partners--and he found all of them at the dog shelter.As he got to know each dog personally, he figured out what kinds of behavior the dogs excelled at and incorporated them into his act, allowing each dog to shine.Luciano says, "We are lucky, my dogs and me. We have a job we love, a job that makes people smile. But most of all, we have each other."The take-away message is that all dogs can learn how to love and be loved, if a caring person takes the time to get to know him.Great photos by K.C. Bailey and Stephen Kazmierski are splashed across every page. Author Michaela Muntean features each dog, telling how it ended up in the shelter and then became part of Luciano's canine family.

  • Theresa
    2018-12-25 18:29

    This is one of my favorite books! It will become any dog lover's favorite too!Luciano Anatasini's family, all the way back to his great-great-grandparents, have been circus performers. He loves the circus! By the time he was twelve, Luciano was a famous juggler and acrobat. The circus was the only life he knew. One day he fell over fifty feet and broke many bones. His high-flying career was over. But Luciano couldn't leave the circus so he developed a new act. This time with furry, four-legged partners. He felt he had been given a second chance so he wanted to give some dogs a second chance, too. Luciano went looking for the ones no one wanted. The story centers around ten dogs that are part of Luciano's act. How he acquired them, their personalities, and pictures. Author Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn-Dixie) writes an introduction and Luciano Anatasini closes with "A Letter From Luciano."

  • Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
    2019-01-18 17:48

    3.5 starsAn inspirational story about an ex-circus performer who has taken on the challenging task of taking in unwanted dogs. Luciano Anastasini grew up in the Circus and comes from a family of circus performers. After a horrible accident that could have easily taken his life, Luciano is forced to do something else. Not able to escape the circus bug for long, he turns to teaching dogs, but these aren't just any dogs. These are dogs no one wants any more, and have spent countless times at the shelter. With his band of unwanted dogs, and Lucian's endless patience, he's able to teach the dogs not only to respect him as much as he respects them, but he teaches them to perform. This is the cute story of the true story of one man and his ten performing dogs. With it's large, full color pictures, and brief introduction of each of the dogs, this book is sure to be a hit with dog lovers and younger elementary students alike.

  • Shirley
    2019-01-15 18:31

    A great book for animal/dog lovers! This book is about a circus performer, Luciano Anastasini, whose whole life has only known the circus. His family has always been connected to the circus, all the way back to his great-great-great grandparents. But one day, he falls from a highwire act and is told by his doctors that he won't be able to perform anymore stunts. Luciano is devastated but determined to be somehow still be connected to the circus. An idea forms in his mind, where he adopts dogs from the pound who have been abandoned. Luciano sees greatness in all the dogs he takes in and cares for, whereas their previous owners have only seen them as troublemakers or michevious pets. This is a great book with plenty of photographs of the featured dogs. The dogs have so much personality and you can really see their appropriate names from the photos. Wish I could attend one of their shows sometime!

  • Teresa Scherping Moulton
    2019-01-20 18:30

    Luciano grew up knowing that he would be a circus performer, just like his parents, his grandparents, and even his great-great-great-great-grandparents. But a serious injury during a high wire act seemed to end Luciano's dreams of performing in front of a crowd. Then Luciano got an idea. He found five dogs at an animal shelter that also had a dream - a dream of a home with a human who appreciated them for who they were. This man and these dogs have a second chance, and with hard work and determination, they can achieve it all - together.Ahhh, this book almost made me cry. It's a feel-good read that any dog lover will swoon over. It's a little sparse on hard facts or detailed information, but the stories and photos of these adorable dogs in action are priceless. Kids, and kids at heart, will love this one.

  • Katie Lawrence
    2019-01-03 20:29

    This is a lovely little book about dogs rescued from an animal shelter who are trained to be circus dogs. I loved hearing about Luciano and how he treats each of his dogs with kindness and respect, learning what they like to do before training them for the show. He sounds like a remarkable man with a very big heart. After his injury Luciano picked himself up and figured out a new way to keep doing what he loves - a great message for my students to hear! The only thing I wished the book included was a list of sources or further reading at the back, I'd love to learn a bit more about Luciano and his performing family. I may supply this list for students who are interested. I think it's important to see that some circus performers treat animals with kindness and are saving them, as opposed to the typical focus on animal abuse in the circus world.

  • Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services
    2019-01-10 18:38

    Lexile Level: 760LPages: unpaged (40)Summary: Luciano Anastasini’s family were circus performers for many generations and that’s all Luciano ever wanted or intended to be until one day in Chicago when he fell 50 feet off the high wire and was no longer able to perform as an acrobat or wire walker. What was Luciano to do? He loved the circus and didn’t want to leave, so he decided to create a new act and give himself and stray dogs that no one else wanted a second chance. Instead of training the dogs to do tricks Luciano used the special traits of individual dogs and wove what the dogs did naturally into an act that was loved by the public.Recommendations or Comments: A sweet and inspiring true story about making your own success. This book is intended for third to fifth graders but will appeal to people of all ages. Stars: 4 starsReviewed By: Michèle Freese

  • Abby Johnson
    2019-01-13 14:47

    A feel-good story about an injured circus performer who gets his life back on track by rescuing and training dogs to perform in the circus with him. With its large, full-color photos and positive message, this will be a surefire hit with kids, parents, and teachers alike. Pick this one up for a story about perseverence, creative problem solving, kindness to animals, or just a feel-good story.(Worth noting that there is no back matter for this nonfiction book, but also worth noting is that it's not exactly the kind of story that demands a lot of back matter. I just always like to know at least what the author's process of researching or finding out about the subject matter was. I am a stickler for back matter.)

  • Shelli
    2019-01-09 13:47

    True story of a young circus performer, Luciano Anastasini, who was severely injured and could no longer perform his amazing acrobatic stunts. Being a performer was in his blood from generation after generation of circus entertainers though, and giving up the dream was not easy to do. After years of working the ticket booth, hanging posters and anything other odd job to keep him with the circus Luciano came up with a wild idea: to train stray dogs. Just like himself these animals were needing a second chance and with no knowledge of how to train a dog he went to an animal shelter and adopted 5 unwanted "mutts." This was a touching read, that might be a bit long for a school read aloud, but would be a sought after book in libraries.

  • Gretchen
    2018-12-29 15:35

    I really like this story, not only for its idea of teamwork, but that teamwork can come from groups that people don't always expect. It shows that people and animals are worth a second chance and that even if we have an annoying trait or two (and who doesn't) others can overlook those to find that great traits that we have that are the most valuable. I think it would be interesting to do some research on this story as well to find out what's new and how things have changed. I'm thinking of using this at the beginning of the year to talk about teamwork, traits, and second chances.

  • Luann
    2019-01-23 13:52

    This is a heartwarming story of dogs with problems that no one else seemed to want. Luciano Anastasini was looking for a way to stay in the circus after healing from a terrible accident with many broken bones. Luciano used patience, positive reinforcement, and the idea to let the dogs show him what they wanted to do. I didn't expect to get to know ten different dogs in a short informational picture book like this, but the personalities of the dogs seem to leap right out of the pages of the book! Now I really want to see these dogs perform.This won the 2015 Grand Canyon Reader Award in the nonfiction category.

  • Joyce
    2018-12-23 13:29

    Stay is another nonfiction narrative nominated for this year's Bluestem. It is about Luciano Anastasini, a circus acrobat who suffered a career-ending fall. Refusing to leave the circus, Luciano decided to begin a new act, with trained dogs as the performers. But rather than going to breeders and pet stores, Luciano sought his performers from the pound and successfully trained dogs that previous owners had given up on. I think our students will enjoy this book; it is a heartfelt story about patience and embracing differences. There is even a nice afterword from Anastasini encouraging kids to appreciate their dogs and offering tips on training them.

  • Paige Freeman
    2019-01-21 12:49

    This is a true story about circus performer Luciana Anastasini and his dogs. He and the dogs perform humorous acts for the circus show that Luciana grew up with. The book offers examples of second chances for both people and pets. The photographs in the book are very amusing and match the text exactly. It guides the reader through the training and routine that the dogs and Luciana would perform in front of the large crowds at the circus. I teach a unit about pet care combined with living and nonliving things and I think this book would be a different way to teach children that pets are a big responsibility because they rely on us to provide their essentials for living.

  • Ann Haefele
    2018-12-24 17:37

    Luciano, raised to be a circus performer, can no longer perform after breaking many bones in a fall from a trapeze circus act. Not knowing anything but performing and feeling bereft, he takes in unwanted dogs and loves each of them unconditionally. Not only do the dogs heal under Luciano's care, but Luciano's spirit also heals. He eventually ends up with an amazing circus act after thoughtful training of each dog, but the real story is the healing power of unconditional love. With large colored photos of each dog, and a short story about each dog, this is a nonfiction picture book that will draw the reader in from the beginning.

  • Christiane
    2019-01-02 13:54

    Luciano was a long time circus performer looking for a new act after a serious accident. Bowser, Penny, Stick, Tyke and Cocoa (+ 5 more) were "bad dogs" whose owners had given up on them. This is what happened when Luciano "rescued" the dogs. I love this book! The dogs look so happy. I also really like the afterword, where Luciano writes about the importance of dogs having jobs (just like Cesar Milan!); so many problems dogs have is because they're lonely and bored, and this is our fault, not theirs. “Dog’s don’t care about yesterday; they don’t worry about tomorrow. They live for now…” Great book to share with kids!

  • Stacy
    2019-01-09 20:50

    This is the story of Luciano Anastasini, born to generations of circus performers. He fell from the high wire and broke so many bones it took four operations to put him back together. He needed a new act if he wanted to continue performing and he found one. He rescued dogs that no one else wanted and worked with them until he had a show.This book warmed my heart as it will any dog lover. The story, the bio of each dog, the overall theme of second chances left a smile on my face and a desire to see them in action.Gage likes the beautiful photography of each dog and their circus act. He looks through it almost every day. I really can’t recommend this one enough.

  • Lupine
    2019-01-23 20:47

    I brought this home to review and my 2 year old dog lover has demanded I read it every night. The story of a circus performer who is injured and begins taking in unwanted dogs to create a dog performing act. I have issues with circuses so I was hesitant about whether I would like this. But, what I came away with was a a beautiful bond between a man and his dogs. Each dog is profiled and I loved the way that Luciano listens to the dogs and figures each one out. A lovely lesson in not giving up.

  • Ellie
    2019-01-05 20:39

    Anyone who has known and loved a dog will flip for this book! When acrobat Luciano broke all of his bones and was no longer able to be an acrobat, he adopted five misunderstood shelter dogs, saw the best in them, and worked with their unique talents to create a circus dog show!Fabulous story, very well-told. Funny!I can see extension activities out the wazoo for this book. I want to give it to a teacher of slightly older grades who wants a book about individuality and acceptance for their class.

  • Jonathan
    2018-12-28 18:54

    This book does a good job of fostering the love and respect that all dogs deserve. People don't realize how much work a dog is, but Luciano does a good job of bringing to attention that dogs are just trying to do what they are made to do. As owners we have to love them for what they are and encourage this behavior in them and if you're passionate about that and good at it then you can become a circus performer and run away from home training animals for the rest of your life. (okay, maybe not that extreme)

  • Jess
    2018-12-30 12:52

    Kids are going to LOVE it. Wonderful story. Great photos throughout. Jeeze, I hate to use the term inspiration, but I felt so encouraged after reading this. And, I'm not a pet person. After life-long circus performer Luciano Anastasini is injured, he chooses to find his way back to preforming by adopting strays who've been repeated returned to shelters because they were difficult. Instead of teaching them 'human' tricks, Anastasini got to know the dogs and taught them tricks that fit with their personalities and habits.

  • Jan
    2019-01-02 14:39

    Luciano had been a circus performer since he was twelve years old. But when he fell from the high wire, more than his bones were broken -- his spirit was, too. He could never be an acrobat again. Then one day he stopped to visit an animal shelter, where he met five homeless dogs who needed a second chance, just as Luciano did. And that was just the beginning....Introducing Luciano and his shelter dogs, Stay is a heartwarming story of second chances, with charming color photographs and stories about each dog. For animal lovers aged 3-13.