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Dog's Colorful Day: A Messy Story About Colors and Counting (Picture Puffins) Paperback – February 24, 2003

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From Publishers Weekly

The hero of this pleasant concept book is a plump sausage of a canine: "As you can see, Dog is white with one black spot on his left ear." But by the end of the day, he has turned into a veritable canvas of 10 colorful spots, nine of which have nothing to do with genetics. "Dog follows a little boy with chocolate," writes Dodd (What Does It Look Like?), after Dog has accumulated three other spots of, respectively, red jam, blue paint and grass stain. "The boy gives Dog a chocolaty pat--but no chocolate. Now Dog has five spots." After a recap of all the pooch's spots, and a bath by Dog's owner (who accidentally added the 10th spot of purple marker), Dog returns to his natural look, with that one original spot, cuddled contentedly in his basket and dreaming of multicolored bones. Dog's zaftig physique and wide-eyed good humor are doggone charming, while the combinations of thick, scraggly black outlines and dense swathes of digitally applied candy-color make every encounter with a new spot pop off the page. Ages 2-5.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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PreS-Gr 1-This book pulls together colors, counting, sounds, and the simple adventures of a lovable pup. Dog, who is white with one black spot on his ear, spends the day from breakfast to bedtime getting into mischief and into a variety of cumulative messes. Red jam gives him two additional spots; blue paint, three; green grass, four; and so on, until he is covered with 10 spots of various colors, each of which makes a unique sound as it hits his coat: "swish," "splosh," "splurt." When he is given a bath at last, he is clean and single-spotted, and he crawls into bed to dream of colorful bones. Dodd's full-page cartoon illustrations with computer-assisted hues are vibrant, snappy, and exciting. Placement of text, sound words, and goofy Dog himself on each page is humorous and satisfying. A multifaceted concept book and a charming story to boot.-Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Series: Picture Puffins
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (February 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142500194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142500194
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.1 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emma was brought up near London, England. He parents were both designers and from as far back as she can remember she wanted to be an illustrator.
Emma studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Central Saint Martin's School of Art, London, and has worked in advertising, editorial and book illustration.
She was nominated for the Booktrust Early Years Award in 2006 for her book "What Pet to Get" and in 2009 for "Miaow said the Cow"
Emma lives with her husband and two children and their Jack Russel Terrier, Bart, who keeps her fit and provides inspiration.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Valarie on September 28, 2011
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I bought this book for my mother, who is a preschool teacher at one of the local day care centers. She borrowed this book from the library and renewed it the maximum number of times before I offered to buy it for her. She is going to do a whole lesson plan around Dog and his colors.

The paperback version of the book is very large and easy for the kids to see at circle time. It has bright colors and clearly delineated pictures. If kids are going to be handling it themselves I'd recommend getting the hardcover version.

Such a cute book! I might have to get a copy for my own collection of children's books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ruth A. Atkins on November 4, 2008
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Dog's Colorful Day is a delightful book for ages 3 through 6. It provides very specific learning opportunities in the areas of color and number recognition, as well as beatifully illustrated, fun pictures. At the conclution of the book, the child's visual memory is challanged with a color and number review. I am a preschool teacher and always have fun reading this book to my classes. I can highly recommend it!

Ruth Atkins, San Diego
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 2002
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My boys love to read and this is their current favorite. We can't read it enough and I enjoy it with them. Great for beginning to learn, colors and even some simple nouns like dog, bee and ball. I just bought it as a gift for several friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Wallace on May 11, 2013
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I am sorry I did not discover this book when I worked at a library----it is an excellent book for storytime! This is a very simple story about a messy dog but wonderful way to learn colors, counting to ten, and the language is exceptional. The colors don't just appear onto the dog, they splat,squish,stain. My toddler granddaughter loves this book. It will be a hit with your preschoolers too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie O. on February 19, 2013
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This book is a lot of fun for toddlers. You follow a very messy/accident-prone dog around as he accrues stains and spots of various colors. Helps with colors and counting (10 spots total). We would read this at bed time and my little one would help me count the spots.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Laundry on May 28, 2004
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My three year old son STILL loves this book which we have been reading for over a year. He now counts to ten and knows all the colors. This book is enjoyable to read to him and I highly recommend it.
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By Judith A. Dion on January 18, 2008
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My son (now 4 1/2) knew his colors by the time he was two because he just LOVED this book. We used to borrow it from the library but I just bought it for my youngest who is now two and beginning to master his colors as well. It's such a pleasant, well written book great for all ages through kindergarten. There's not too many words per page with fun illustrations, making it great for a toddler. It touches upon counting to ten but the primary focus is colors. You won't be disappointed!
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By A Customer on February 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is the most fun, interactive book I have seen that teaches both colors and counting at the same time. My 2 1/2 year old son loves to tell me how the spot got on the dog and finds his mishaps to be quite hilarious. Because it is so funny, he wants to read it again and again, which makes him practice counting on each page every time he reads the book. I highly recommend it for any child at the beginning stages of learning color and number concepts.
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