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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803732503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803732506
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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PreS—Tag is a good and gentle dog, but baby Elisa likes him more as a handy object to squeeze, tackle, and pull on his tale. Despite the constant monitoring and cautions by her parents, babe and pup are continually at odds—and Tag is miserable. When Elisa confiscates his special bone-shaped toy, the conflict results in a howling crisis. Then, just as the two finally make peace, Elisa spots a new target: a brown-striped cat that, up until now, has successfully escaped her attention. Elisa, it seems, still has much to learn. Baek uses pale backgrounds, devoid of detail, focusing the simple action front and center. He captures the nuances of both dog and baby with expressive faces and postures, expanding on the humor in the situations. His chosen colors of mostly blues, reds, grays, and tans harmonize with the story. Audience, however, is in question: too complicated for babies, too basic for those a bit older, this title may find its best home as a cautionary tale for parents coping with both pets and babies in the same household.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
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Sure to strike a chord...Tag's facial expressions are priceless...Empathy well taught. -- Kirkus Reviews

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My two year old daughter loves this book.
L. Shell
Such a great book for households where little kids and dogs share air space.
Kathryn
The colorful illustrations, humor and style are truly great.
nzo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Shell on June 4, 2008
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My two year old daughter loves this book. She loves the beautiful illustrations as well as the story. She asks "why the doggie looks sad" and it allows me to explain how you have to be gentle with doggies because we can accidentally hurt them when we are playing with them. I really love the book, it is written in a way that makes the concept easy to grasp for the child but not painful for the parent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on June 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I recently came back from my honeymoon and could not help but purchase this book for my future baby. The colorful, yet simple illustrations are eye catching. Being a dog owner myself, I'm curious to see if this same kind of episode will happen in my household.
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A Kid's Review on May 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was in the bookstore choosing books for my daughter when I saw the pretty cover of the book. As I went throuth it, I couldn't help but laugh! It is a cute book with lovely illustrations and humor. Especially I love the fact that the story is based on a real kid - a writer's daughter. It reminds me of my own daughter playing with doggies. How sweet it is! All moms with little ones will understand what I mean.
I bought it for my daughter but I love it more than her.
It doesn't mean that it's not a good book for a kid. All babies love doggies. Although they don't know how to be gentle with dogs yet, they'll love it when they see the illustration of a cute dog and a baby playing together. I'm thinking of buying more and giving them to my friends as gifts.
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I bought this book when it was first published for our first son. We now have two boys, 2 1/2 years old and 17 months(with a third on the way), who love this book. The title is actually the reminder we use with our children when they're interacting with our dogs and cat (who were all here before boys). Tags expressions really help bring about a discussion about why Tag is unhappy, sad, or grumpy with our oldest son.
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By good book lover on March 30, 2013
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I ordered this for my friends daughter who is having her first baby. I'm sure this book will become a favorite.
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I bought this book for my baby niece who owns a dog. It is a great children's book with the message of being nice to their little friends. (with very cute pictures!) The story can relate to just about any household with a little child and a pet, like of the author's. I highly recommend this book for even those without pets!
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My mother claims that I drew a perfect circle when I was one years of age. I have a feeling that there is a bit of an exaggeration, I mean, I'm sure I drew something close to a circle but I'm sure it was nothing close to perfection. It is true that I was always drawing ever since I could remember and my mother knew there was something special. I lived in a time and place where it was forbidden to write with your left hand. Being a lefty everyone from school teachers to neighborhood granny tried to fix what they considered a problem. Sometimes things got harsh to the point where I didn't want to draw anymore. I felt as if my childhood was snatched out from me all because of which hand I wrote with. My mother, bless her heart, supported me 100% and argued with teachers to let me be. Our family moved to the states when I was nine and ever since then I was free to spread my left wing. Now, I illustrate and write children's book and it is like being a kid again. I can't ask for anything more.