Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog

Hachiko by Pamela S. Turner

Hachiko was a real dog who lived in Tokyo in the early 1900s. After his owner passed away, he continued to wait for his owner at a train station everyday. Hachiko became famous for his loyalty and devotion. This book tells the story of Hachiko through the eyes of Kentaro, a young boy whose life is changed forever by his friendship with this very special dog.

Hachiko has been honored in Japanese culture as a symbol of loyalty and companionship and statues of Hachiko can be found all over the world. Take time to think of the people, animals, plants, and objects most important in your life. How do you acknowledge and appreciate them?

Guiding Questions

  • Kentaro’s mom said he had “become big and brave, just like a samurai.” Why do you think she said this?
  • When is a time you “store up all your joy and then let it out all at once” like Hachiko?
  • Discuss a person or animal you see in the same place regularly. Why do you think they are always there? Can you befriend them, as Kentaro befriended Hachiko?
  • Why do you think Hachiko’s spot near the newspaper stand was covered in flowers? Who placed the flowers there?
  • Where is your favorite meeting place? What is the significance of that place?

Tip: Think about an important animal in your life, real or imaginary, and create a way to honor them by making a statue, writing a poem, telling a story, or drawing a picture.

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