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Daisy Dawson dawdles, to the chagrin of her teacher. Last week she was late three times. Not bad, thinks Daisy. That means she was actually on time twice. One morning on the way to school, she stops to save a butterfly from a spider’s web. In thanks, the butterfly gives her the gift of communicating with animals. Now she can talk with animals on a nearby farm, negotiate with the classroom gerbils to return to their cage, and help a lost ant find his home. When Boom, a bloodhound, is impounded, Daisy teams up with a squirrel on a daring rescue attempt. Clear, precise language and well-rounded characters are pluses, as is a plot that moves quickly. Well-placed black-and-white illustrations that grace almost every page capture Daisy’s good nature. The only sour note is the illustrator’s decision to draw a basset hound instead of the bloodhound described in the text. Readers will anticipate planned sequels. Grades 2-4. --Suzanne Harold

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"Daisy, don't dawdle!" called her mother as Daisy Dawson ambled out into the sunshine and stopped to pick up a worm that was stranded on the path. "Miss Frink said you were late three times last week!"
Daisy smiled to herself as the worm wriggled in her hand.
Late three times.
That meant she had actually been on time twice.
Not too bad.
She tipped the worm into the flower bed and watched it burrow through the crumbly earth. Then she stood up, hitched her backpack over her shoulder, and skipped down the garden path.
"Don't worry, Mom," she said, dusting her hands together and swinging around the gatepost. "Daisy Dawson is on her way!"
The day was warm, and the sky was china blue. Bees buzzed among the foxgloves, and Daisy wandered down the lane, humming a little tune to herself.
Suddenly, from the corner of her eye, she caught sight of a beautiful yellow butterfly stuck in a spider's web. As she crouched down to take a closer look, a black spider emerged from beneath a leaf and began crawling across the web toward it.
"Oh, no, you don't!" said Daisy, cupping her hand protectively around the struggling insect. As the spider scuttled back to its hiding place, Daisy scooped the butterfly out of the web and carefully pulled some sticky strands from its wings.
"There you go," she said. "Back in the world again."
Then she smiled and opened her palms toward the sky.
The butterfly was still for a few moments. Then, very slowly, it spread its wings and fluttered gracefully up into the air. Daisy shielded her eyes against the sun and blinked as the butterfly swooped low past her face, brushing her cheek gently with the tip of its wing. Then it rose once more into the warm air and flew high into the treetops, growing smaller and smaller until finally it was lost from sight.
As Daisy watched it fly away, her cheek began to tingle as though something was sparkling beneath her skin. She touched a hand to her face, and a delicious warm feeling fizzed along her fingers, tumbling like a wave through her whole body until it reached all the way down to the tips of her toes.
"That's strange," she whispered.
Just then, somewhere among the white blossoms of an apple tree, a blackbird began to sing. Its sweet music floated down through the spring sky and, to her astonishment, Daisy realized that she could understand exactly what the blackbird was singing about. The notes spun softly around her like strands of silk, weaving a song about clouds and apples, sunshine and stars. Daisy gasped in surprise and shook her head.
"Now don't be silly, Daisy," she told herself. "Pull yourself together. Birds can't talk."
It was then that she remembered where she was supposed to be. Only yesterday,
Miss Frink had told her not to be late again. Pulling up her backpack, she twirled around and wandered slowly onward toward school. Across the meadow, she could see the white mare tugging at tufts of grass in the shade of the beech tree. Daisy leaned on the gate and peered into the shadows of the tumbledown barn, trying to see if the old stray dog was around. She liked to share a bit of her lunch with him on the way to school. Ham sandwiches were his favorite, and she had made an extra one just in case.
"Rover?" she called, opening up her lunch box. "Rover, come and see what I've got for you!"
A large, grumpy-looking bloodhound stuck his head through a hole in the bricks, blinking and sneezing in the bright sunlight.
His fur was the color of sandstone, and his serious brown eyes stared out from folds of baggy skin that hung down around his face. As he padded toward her, his long floppy ears swung back and forth, flapping up dust from the dry ground. When he reached the gate, he stopped and looked at her expectantly.
"Good morning," he said in a deep, gravelly voice. "What's on the menu today?"
Daisy was so shocked that she dropped her lunch box and put a hand up to her mouth.
This cannot be happening , she thought. She shut her eyes tightly for a moment or two, then opened them again. The dog was still there, looking straight at her.
"Ex-excuse me," Daisy said uncertainly, still unable to believe her ears, "but did you say something to me?"
"Of course," replied the dog. "It would have been rude not to." He paused for a moment as if deep in thought, then said slowly, "Wait a minute Do you actually understand what I'm saying to you?"
"Yes," replied Daisy. "I think I do." The dog made a noise somewhere between a bark and a laugh.
"This," he said, "is amazing!"
"But you understand me as well," said Daisy. "So that's pretty amazing too."
The dog cocked his head to one side. "Dogs always understand what humans say," he replied.
"No, they don't," said Daisy. "Take my aunt Kathy's dog. He never does anything she tells him." The dog's brow crinkled like a little plowed field.
"That doesn't mean he doesn't understand her," he said. "He probably just doesn't want to do it."
"Oh," said Daisy thoughtfully. "I see what you mean."
"There you go, then," said the dog. There was silence for a moment while the two of them thought about this. Then the dog said, "My name's not Rover, by the way. It's Boom." Seeing the puzzled look on Daisy's face, he added, "I was born on the Fourth of July, you see."
"Really?" Daisy said, smiling. "That must have been a shock for you."
"It was," agreed Boom. "The first
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Series: Daisy Dawson
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763637408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763637408
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am so happy I stumbled across the Daisy Dawson series.
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In addition to the cute storyline, I was very impressed with the advanced vocabulary that is used throughout the books.
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I would highly recommend this to children ready to hear chapter books, as well as young readers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Heineman on March 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my 6 year old daughter who loves animals and just a little bit of "trouble." My daughter reads above her grade level but we like to read together, so I read a page and then she reads a page. From the first couple of pages when she realized Daisy could understand AND talk to the animals she was in love with this book and this character. We read it over the course of three days, a couple of chapters each evening before bed and I can tell you the "adventures" in the book had my daughter giggling out loud and gasping with excitement. She absolutely adored this book and we have already ordered another DD book. I believe there is a 3rd in the series right now and we hope there are many more. Daisy is a fun, lovable little girl who will definitely delight your little girl with her antics with animals.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By moonpatti on September 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
just a great book..I bought it for my 8 year old niece who does not like to read. Once she started she did not want to put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Italy 78 on August 8, 2009
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This book, and the others in its series, is a delightful read. Not only is the story great and will get the attention of young readers, but the book also comes with lovely black and white illustrations which will really encourage young readers to stick with the book. Now, the actual book, I would say, is for a more independent reader (way above my six year old), still, if you are willing to read it to your young child they will, I guarantee love the story. Another great feature of this book is the quality of the writing: In other words, very well written thus introducing the reader towards suing a little more of a sophisticated lexicon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amilee on November 3, 2013
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The Daisy Dawson series is well written and the illustrations are so expressive! The match the story perfectly. I would love to see more of Jessica Meserve illustrations in early chapter books.

So many chapter books depicting girls that I've found for my kids so far have princesses and girls finding power through overcoming social difficulties with other children. Daisy Dawson is kind and real and in these books she interacts with her animal friends instead of other children so we see less of the issues of American girl culture. Instead it is an enduring story about a brave and caring heroine who is a great role model for both girls and boys.

This whole series would be great for reading out loud in a classroom!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. R. Grande on June 19, 2013
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Do you ever wonder what happened to really good literature for children? I remember being riveted as my second grade teacher read chapter after chapter of "Little House on the Prairie". I wanted that same feeling for my 6 year old daughter...but didn't think she was quite ready for the Little House series yet. I am so happy I stumbled across the Daisy Dawson series. Steve Voake write's beautifully. He weaves in lovely vocabulary words that stretch the intellect of the young mind and fit the story so well they are easily understood in context. Daisy Dawson is a spirited and kindhearted protagonist that many young girls will connect with...especially those who love all creatures great and small - from earth worms to horses. My daughter can hardly wait for the next chapter as each chapter closes with a bit of a cliff hanger leaving her wondering what will happen next. We just started number 2 in the series "Daisy Dawson and the Secret Pond" and so far it is every bit as compelling and eloquent as the first book. Well done!
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I loved this book so much. I read it to my 2nd grader but I would think most 2nd graders could read it with help. Such wonderful writing.
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We wanted to start reading chapter books together, and unfortunately we started off with a different series with a main character that is a huge brat! I refuse to allow my 6 year old to listen to stories where girls want to punch other kids in the face. Then, I stumbled across this series. It is absolutely adorable! Daisy is a kind, helpful, sweet girl who just happens to have the ability to talk to animals. In her adventures, Daisy uses her abilities for good... always willing to help an animal out in need. If your child likes "Sophia the First," you can be sure they will love Daisy. In addition to the cute storyline, I was very impressed with the advanced vocabulary that is used throughout the books. I fully recommend this book to any family looking for a positive role model for your child to read about.
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A Kid's Review on January 13, 2013
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I am 6 years old and I really love Daisy Dawson because it's about a girl who loves animals. And I like animals too. I have read 4 Daisy Dawson books. I can't wait to read #5.
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