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Yo-Yo Kidnapped in Provence 
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112 pages 
The Lyons Press 
Published 1999 
Parade Magazine, December 5, 1999 
Many dog-lovers will find pleasure in a spectacularly illustrated book called Yo-Yo: Kidnapped in Provence by David Douglas Duncan, the renowned photo-journalist. Duncan's little Norwich terrier was abducted for ransom near Marseilles by a professional car thief. The affair drew considerable media attention in France, where Duncan is especially well known as Picasso's favorite photographer. This was possibly the best-photographed dog hunt in history; after 19 days Duncan got his pet back intact (and half a pound heavier!), leaving everyone happy, including even the nefarious dognapper. The pictures are endearing and the text is charming.  
About the Author 
David Duncan Douglas is often credited with being the first great photojournalist. He was a distinguished Life Magazine photographer and chronciled both World War II and The Korean War in pictures. He chronicled the life and work of friend and neighbor Pablo Picasso in a series of stunning books. Duncan lives in Castellara, France.  
Book Description 
This is the remarkable and heartwarming story of "Yankee Yoshii" or Yo-Yo for short, a Yorkshire terrier belonging to Sheila and David Douglas Duncan, told in words and photographs with the unerring eye of a great photojournalist.  
After a summer with the Duncans at their home in Provence, Yo-Yo is kidnapped by gypsies in southern France, when the Duncans' car is stolen. The local gendarmes say there is little hope for the dog, but Duncan begins a major campaign, with posters and newspaper stories, that eventually produces restults. The gypsies contact Duncan and make a ransom demand. Because Duncan was the close friend and photo-biographer of Pablo Picasso--whom the gypsies loved--they agree to deal with him directly; and in a parking lot in Marseilles, the transaction is made: money for terrier. Yo-Yo returns home, sound and in good health.  
Set against the exquisite background of Procence, this book is as charming as it is beautifully photographed. It will be cherished by all who love dogs or Provence.

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