Over my lifetime I’ve had 8 dogs. Big dogs (and one little beagle). 3 German shepherds, an Irish setter, and 3 Labradors. These dogs have been friends when I was in trouble (not last week – when I was a kid), companions on lonely nights, playmates, escorts, consolers to my sadness and celebrants in happiness. 4 of those dogs were rescues…truthfully, they rescued me. So in their memory and celebration this post is dedicated to them….because, I LOVE DOGS.
Author & Illustrator: Emily Gravett
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2009
Audience Age: 2-6
Opening Sentences: I love dogs. I love big dogs and small dogs. I love tough dogs and soft dogs. Dogs that bark and dogs that don’t.
Synopsis: (From Amazon) Gorgeous canines of every shape, size and color are bounding through this irresistible book. Can you choose one dog to love best of all? With playful pencil and watercolor illustrations to delight children and adults alike, everyone will long to bark along with the Chihuahua and tickle the Dalmatian’s tummy. This is a wonderfully satisfying book with a twist in the tail.
Why I like it: This is a delightful romp through dogdom. From shabby to bald, stripy to spotty, huge to hairy. The fun surprise is who is actually telling the story – which I’m not going to spoil….but it makes it that much more amusing. The illustrations are funny and as my 4 year old grand said, “Crazy” referring to the dog that was barking a lot. My favorite illustration is the Great Dane with the teacup chihuahua. This is also a good book for reluctant and/or early readers. The words are few and the pictures descriptive so they pick up on them quickly. My dog, by the way, gave it 4 paws up. My beagle grand dog only gave it 1 paw up because of the ending, he felt snubbed…..nope-still not going to tell you.
Activities/Resources: Some dog songs, puppet crafts, dog math and coloring pages here. And here is a printable matching game from Emily Gravett herself.
Availability: Major book sellers
Enjoy the read,