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CLIFFORD, THE BIG RED DOG

Author: Norman Bridwell

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Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.,

Material: board book

Summary: Emily Elizabeth talks about the things she loves about--and loves to do--with Clifford, her big red dog. This is a picture book based on the Scholastic Book/PBS Kids series.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8, 4 to 8

Interest Level: 1 to 6

Reading Level: 1

Age of Child: Started reading with child 18 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/Her loves it--the nexus with the popular PBS television show make this book a constant pick.

Adult Reader Reaction: S/He instantly recognizes Clifford from the TV show and doesn't know the book came first! It is a great tool for interesting him/her in reading and books rather than watching TV.

Pros: The pictures are fun, and the story engaging, with a solid message. Additionally, the book introduces the toddler to the typical activities of dogs and the larger concept that it is OK to be different.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a classic.

If You Liked This Book, Try: I LOVE MY DADDY BECAUSE ...   WINNIE THE POOH & HIS FRIENDS (SET OF 4 BOARD BOOKS: Roo's Big Adventure, Blackberry Surprise, A Reel Fishy Story, Nightime Mystery )   BEATRIX POTTER SHAPED BOARD BOOKS (SET OF FOUR: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, the Tale of Tom Kitten)

Educational Themes: A great story for learning about love, acceptance of differences, activities of dogs, and caring for pets.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2003

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