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Author: Glenn Dromgoole

Illustrator: Glenn Dromgoole

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Publisher: Willow Creek Press, ©2003

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is a collection of life's little lessons, with puppies as the "teacher" acting it out. This is less a story and more a collection of vignettes.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader

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

Age of Child: read with 3-year-old child

Young Reader Reaction: My child has a general affection for this book. He selected it from his bookshelf a few times. When asked, he says he likes it.

Adult Reader Reaction: The lessons it gives are nice, but not necessarily interesting to children. The photos are “cute”, but a little too much like a Hallmark calendar. Not a poor book, but not a great one, either.

Pros: All of the lessons are good things for children to know and live by.

Cons: Both the lessons and the photos are too cliché. The photographs look like they may have been from a collection of stock material.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It won't have a long shelf-life.

If You Liked This Book, Try: NO BITING   PINKY PROMISE: A Book about Telling the Truth (Teach Your Children Well Series)   IN THE KITCHEN (Learning Center Emergent Reader Series)

Educational Themes: Each lesson has a theme, so you can talk about manners, safety, kindness, etc.

Literary Categories: fiction - picture book, animal stories

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2006

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