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Summary: Westie is a dong. We see him in his daily routine. Each page has 1 to 3 words describing an activity he does during the day. This is a picture book for object identification and early reading.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 4; read yourself: 5 to 8
Interest Level: 3 to 6
Age of Child: Read with a 4-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: My son didn't like the book. He didn't really relate to it, because it doesn't have a story. The illustrations were a simple snapshot of the dog with now significant action.
Adult Reader Reaction: The cover has a cool drawing of a dog, but most of the pages had almost the same thing, with only a slight variation. I didn't like that nothing happened in the story. The words were more like dog commands. Not being dogs ourselves, we got little out of the text.
Pros: Cute illustrations of a Westie will engage young children. The short sentences have lots of sight words kids learn in first grade.
Cons: This is probably better as an easy reader than a book shared with kids as a story.
Borrow or Buy: Skip if you are looking for a dog story. Borrow if you want a book for helping new readers (first grade).
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