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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811805263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811805261
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ages 2-7. As golden retriever Boomer awaits his customary after-breakfast walk, he comes to realize that nothing about the day is customary. Instead, confusion and chaos are everywhere. All of his household's belongings are being packed into boxes, hauled out of the house by strangers, and loaded onto a truck. Boomer himself is eventually crammed into the family van for a long and cramped ride, then finally deposited before a foreign, empty house. Elaborating on the turmoil of Boomer's day, Whyte's delightful watercolors expressively reflect the dog's emotions: there is indescribable frustration on Boomer's face when, flattened to the floor, he searches in vain under a bed for his favorite ball, and his bewilderment is evident as he gazes at the clutter surrounding the packers at work. Humorously sympathizing with the tribulations of moving, this endearing picture book will soothe the anxieties of children facing a moveespecially when Boomer quickly adapts to his new surroundings and is soon wagging his tail at new neighbors. Ellen Mandel

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Humorously sympathizing with the tribulations of moving, this endearing picture book will soothe the anxieties of children facing a move. Booklist

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a great book to read to kids. It has a great story, wonderful pictures with clarity for a 1 yr old, yet enough detail that my 3 yr old still loves it every time. If you like dogs, you'll love this, and if you are going through a move, this book is a must for young kids.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jam on August 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Although we were not moving very far, I wanted to prepare my 3 year old with a book to which she could relate. Because we are animal lovers with a dog like Boomer, this book helped my child understand what was going on in her life. The book is told through a narrator in the dog's point of view. The illustrations are also at "dog-eye level." I looked at other books, but this one met my needs the most, because it tells the tale in a vantage point similar to my child's. My daughter is too young to really resist moving, but she didnt' "get" the idea that everything she owned would be coming with us and that the new house would be just as good if not better than the old. Boomer tells the story from a confused beginning to a happy ending once he discovers his new house has wonderful things for him to do and new friends to make. I highly recommend this book to help your little one's moving day transition.
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My three year old loves this book and wanted to hear it over and over again while we were packing and again after we moved.

"Strangers" come to Boomers house and go through all the drawers and put everything in boxes. I hadn't seen anything about packers in a moving book before but imagine that could be very alarming to children so it is great to see Boomer go through it first. We didn't have packers as we packed ourselves this time, but my little one could definitely relate to a house full of boxes, the long drive to get to the new house and ending up in an unfamiliar place that contains your own things.

Highly recommended. I also really like Usborne Moving House but that seems to be out of print now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By suzettie spaghetti on May 28, 2014
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My son and I really loved this book. He could live his experience through Boomer and this doubled as a lovely lesson in empathy for our furry family members who will be moving too! I was a little hesitant about this book prior to purchasing it because I was not sure if my son could really process his feelings and his experience through a story about an animal, but I am so glad I bought it! It was well written and well illustrated and quite sweet showing the emotional process, coping process, and a positive outcome. I am even interested in learning about other Boomer books now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
I would recommend this book for six to ten-year-old readers. Constance W. McGeorge wrote this book with creativity to allow children to enjoy the story. The children would enjoy the way Boomer is the main character and his thoughts are told in the book. Boomer is a friendly golden retriever who becomes confused when his family is moving. Boomer cannot understand why everything is disappearing from his house when he woke up one morning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blivet on August 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to help my 3yr old granddaughter with the move to a new house. It was great, as the move started her parents would talk about how the boxes, movers and related moving activities were just like Boomer's. The illustrations were very good and Boomer was very sweet and friendly looking. I highly recommend for preschoolers, easy to understand and relate to.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Stewart on June 27, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
This is a wonderful book for those who love dogs and children. The illustrations are clear and detailed showing many household items. My 1 year old son has this book with him at EVERY meal, and spends several minutes on each page, identifying each item. It is a wonderful learning tool.
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By migrant777 on January 5, 2014
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I searched high and low for an appropriate moving book to ease the transition for the in-house 1 1/2 year old. There were a few, but none hit the mark- until Boomer. From the point of view of a dog, moving looks like a disruption in routine, boxes and strangers, possessions missing, all the perspective a toddler would share without having to identify with another child in the story. Boomer's big day went very much like ours did and was great preparation for the changes. All the elements were there, including the aforementioned as well as the big van, paper everywhere, a weird ride, & a new house. Boomer saw what a child might see: a new front door, empty rooms, and a back yard with possibilities. Thanks, Constance McGeorge.
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