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“The greatest gift is a passion for reading.”
Summary: A series of paintings in which corgis (a short-legged breed of dog) are depicted undertaking various human activities, such as picnicking, posing like a king/queen, etc.
This is a book with minimal text. It is designed for talking and learning to read.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: 4 to 8
Interest Level: 2 to 6
Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5
Young Reader Reaction: My boys reacted coolly to the book, although they were somewhat interested when they saw the dogs engaging in activities that were familiar to them, such as soccer. This wasn't one they wanted to come back to.
Adult Reader Reaction: I think this book is a great one for a family with corgis as pets, or for adult corgi owners. It was interesting to see illustrations with corgis dressed in clothes and acting like humans, but it was a series of paintings, and left little in the way of storyline or other message. It was more of a picture book with, mostly, just pictures, no story. I would think, however, that corgi lovers would appreciate it more than non-corgi owners.
Pros: This picture book has cute illustrations, is inventive, and the theme is well executed.
Cons: If you're looking for a story, you won't find one in the text, and the paintings don't connect well enough to create a theme/plot.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The artwork is nice, but it isn't the kind of storybook you'd keep. This would be good for a K/1 classroom.
Educational Themes: The text is minimal enough and the words are repeated enough that new readers can practice sight words. This might be able to be used in a junior high or high school art class for demonstrating/inspiring copycat creativity (i.e. “Find an animal and paint or draw him performing human activities.”)
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.