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+/-   1960

Rags, Borya and the Rocket

ISBN : none

M. Baranova & Y. Veltistov

Rags, Borya and the Rocket - A Tale of Homeless Dogs and How They Became Famous by M. Baranova, Y. Veltistov.  Translated from the Russian by Anne Hansen.  Illustrated by Y. Migunov and K. Rotov.  Tho there is not a copyright date this is a circa 1960's book.  Published by Progress Publishers, Moscow.  Printed in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.  This is the story of the dogs who went into space in the Russian Space Program's beginnings.  The story is told through the eyes and experiences of a little boy named Borya and his white Spitz dog Rags.  Through a series of mishaps Rags become lost and Borya spends most of the book searching for him.  This gives an opportunity to go to a dog show in Moscow and various other sites around the city.  To shorten a bit, Rags is found by the scientists searching for good space traveler candidates and taken into the training program for dogs that will be sent into space.  The training, procedure etc. is all explained, tho in terms of this fictional account.  Rags is given the name of Courageous and does indeed rocket into space.  When he is safely returned from his space travel he and Borya once again are reunited and are heroes,.or at least Rags aka Courageous is a Soviet hero.  Book is profusely illustrated with black and white drawings of many and various breeds of dog but the star, the little white Spitz, Rags, is thoughout.  Book measures 6 3/4 by 8 3/4 inches, 125 pages.


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