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Author: Colette Anjou

Illustrator: Kim Niles

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Publisher: E & E Publishing,

Material: paperback

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: 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

Reading Level: 1

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).


Educational Themes: This is not a story, and it doesn't teach you about dogs. It could be used as a practice book for new readers still working on sight words.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, easy reader

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2009

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