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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Summary: Tinka (a dog) doesn’t like being left at home when her owner goes to school. She decides to sneak away from home. She finds him at school and leaves trouble in her wake, but proves that she is a cool dog, school dog. This is a modernized version of the timeless story of a dog who wants to go to school.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, remedial reader, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 2.3
Age of Child: Read with a 6-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: My son loved it! After the first two pages he said “It’s a rhyming book!” and has read it four more times since then. He enjoys reading anything he can but he really laughed out loud at this one. He doesn’t take to every book like this one.
Adult Reader Reaction: This book was cute with a great rhythm in the rhyme scheme. The illustrations are colorful and fun.
Pros: The combination of the book being perfectly sized for younger children, the great rhyme scheme, and fun illustrations make this an engaging book for everyone to share.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. My son liked this one so much I would probably buy this if he were not at the end of the reading spectrum where this book will be too easy for him very soon.
Educational Themes: This is a fun story to share. The rhyming can help new, developing, and remedial readers understand word sounds.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, rhyme, animal characters, school