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ELF DOG

Author: Pamela Woods Redmon

Illustrator: Debbie LaFrance

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Publisher: Pamela W. Redmond, 2005

Material: hard cover

Summary: An Elf Dog puppy, separated from his family on Christmas Eve, tries to find his way home. In the process, he discovers what families are, in part, through celebrating other holidays throughout the year. Although this is a holiday book, the nature of Elf Dog's adventures make fun reading any time of year.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 5 to 8

Age of Child: Read to a 3½-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler found the lost dog appealing and his search to get home and learning what home is to be relatable.

Adult Reader Reaction: I found this to be a good book to launch conversations about being lost and about family, as well as Christmas and other holidays.

Pros: A great Christmas book with year-round reading value.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy this book to have out anytime your kids talk about Christmas and other holidays.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WHO'S THAT KNOCKING ON CHRISTMAS EVE   LAVI THE LION FINDS HIS PRIDE  

Educational Themes: Aside from the obvious (holiday traditions and family), this book offers opportunities for talking about being lost and developing a "response plan."

Literary Categories: Fiction - Christmas, animal characters, adventure, picture book, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2005

Other Reviews: See publisher description at amazon.com. No Critics' Reviews or feedback found at the time of this review.




                 

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