Archive for the ‘Dogs’ Category

Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant

August 23, 2010 - 1:37 pm No Comments

I am not sure if you are going to be able to get through this book without breaking down, but if you have recently lost your pet dog, this book may give your child some comfort. Dog heaven has lots of fields to run in and geese to chase. There are plenty of biscuits to snack on and fluffy white clouds for them to sleep on. Serious tear jerker, but good bibliotherapy.

The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant

July 28, 2010 - 11:23 pm No Comments

This is such a sweet book about an elderly woman and her wariness about letting anyone or anything into her life until a sweet little dog shows up at her gate one day. It comes to her gate every day and every day she feeds it and tells it to go home and then one day the dog doesn’t show up nor does it show up the next day. The dog’s sudden absence helps her to realize how much she loves the cute pup and how much she does want him to stick around and not go home. This story has a sweet and happy ending that will warm your heart.

Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

July 19, 2010 - 10:43 pm No Comments

This is another favorite easy reader series in our house. The stories are short, sweet and have words that kids who are just learning how to read can figure out. Biscuit is a cute dog who sometimes gets into trouble, but is always endearing. These books are a darling introduction to early reading and are recommended for grades preschool-first grade.

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

May 22, 2010 - 10:35 pm No Comments

Harry does not like baths but he DOES like to get dirty…super dirty. He is a white dog with black spots, but sometimes he is so dirty he ends up being a black dog with white spots. Well, no matter how dirty he gets his family misses him when he takes off one day to avoid a bath. They are a little curious about the black dog with white spots that shows up in their yard until they give him a bath and find out it is their beloved Harry.

The Great Dog Wash by Shellie Braeuner

April 30, 2010 - 5:09 am No Comments

This is a new book for us and it is a keeper. It is the cute story of a group of kids who gather to have a dog wash when what shows up but a cat. Mayhem ensues. The kids manage to figure out how to have their dog wash even with the cat present and everyone is clean…for a while. The rhyming in this book makes it a very fun read and the illustrations are adorable.

Dear Mrs. LaRue (Letters from Obedience School) by Mark Teague

April 28, 2010 - 6:23 am No Comments

Poor Ike has been sent to obedience school for a number of infractions that he vehemently denies. He has been accused of eating Mrs. LaRue’s chicken pie, torturing the neighbor’s cats and howling incessantly. His letters home describe a horrible and cruel place where, for example, he is forced to give up his typewriter and write his letters by hand. The illustrations in this book are adorable. One side of the page, in color, depicts what is really happening. The other side, in black and white, describes what Ike would like for us to think is happening. The ending of this story takes the cake, or pie, if you will. Happy reading!!!

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman

April 13, 2010 - 8:17 pm No Comments

Poor Officer Buckle goes to schools and teaches the kids about being safe. His presentations, however, are boring and his important safety message is not getting through. Things start to turn around though when Napville’s police department gets a police dog named Gloria. Gloria is soon accompanying Officer Buckle to his safety talks and the kids are sitting up and paying attention. They even seem to be enjoying Officer Buckle’s presentations, but he can’t seem to figure out why. Your children will love the illustrations which show them what Officer Buckle can’t figure out. This book always gets a giggle at our house.