When Andy decides to take his teddy Oliver for a ride in his wagon, his dog Sam wants to come along but Andy shoes him away. Poor Sam slinks around in the background while Andy introduces Oliver to the barnyard animals, interpreting their various noises for Oliver's benefit. But when a goose steals Oliver, Sam rushes into the fray, saving the bear and returning to Andy's good graces. Children will sympathize with Sam's plight, the scenario is undeniably true to life and the happy ending is richly satisfying.
Publishers Weekly 2/8/87
Published by Greenwillow Books, 1987