Ajax, the Golden Dog
Look what I found!When I was a kid, my mom bought a set of Collier's encyclopedia that came with a ten-volume set of kids' books, Collier's Junior Classics.
The encyclopedia had great stuff like a dissected frog printed on clear plastic, so you could turn the pages and see the different organs.
Each of the kids' books had a theme - "Ajax, the Golden Dog" is the first story in Volume 4, "Just Around the Corner," with excerpts from books focussed on different countries.
My brothers and I read and re-read the stories in these books, and my mother still has them on her shelves.
When I saw this set in a thrift store the other day, I snapped them up! For ten dollars!
My real-life Ajax, named after my memory of this story, says, "What? Why did you call my name and wake me up?"