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Little Dog Poems Hardcover – March 22, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 440L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (March 22, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395822661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395822661
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,394,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Experienced dog owners will recognize the familiar behavior of a winsome brown puppy as it attacks the "enemy" vacuum cleaner until it "stops growling," or as it barks until its owner "witness[es]/ the triumphA/ one cornered beetle." Otani's (Chibi: A True Story from Japan) skillful watercolors of the girl and her fluff of a dog are sweetly fetching, whether the protagonist is scolding Little Dog for chewing her new green socks or whether she is "having accidents" with her popcorn so Little Dog can share her treat. Otani's familiarity with the exuberance and joy of puppies and children shines through her delicate watercolors, and she depicts their pounces and feints, cuddles and anticipation, with a deft sense of line. George's text, however, is disappointingly slight, especially considering the dexterity of her The Great Frog Race and Other Poems. Largely devoid of the tools of poetryAmetaphor, rhythm, form, imagery, clever word playAthese entries seem like a series of child-size sentences broken into short line lengths. "Cozy," for example, consists entirely of the following lackluster description: "Little Dog tugs/ an enormous pillow/ all the way across the room/ to sit beside the fire/ with me." Occasionally George strikes a resonant chord, as in "Birthday": "Only someone/ who loves Little Dog/ very much/ would bake/ birthday cookies/ with liver powder." Despite Otani's engaging and inventive illustrations, this depiction of a girl and her dog seems uninspired. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-Thirty short poems about a lively terrier, narrated by the dog's young mistress. The girl describes how her pet wakes her up in the morning, chases the vacuum cleaner, digs holes in the garden, chews up socks, snuggles up at bedtime, etc. The free-verse poems resemble haiku ("Little Dog's cold nose/is better than any/alarm clock"). The placement of the text indicates pauses and emphasizes certain words. In "Mail Delivery," the last five words are spread out to mimic the action described: "Little Dog proudly carries in the mail,/one/letter/at/a/time." In "Morning Nap," the words are arranged in a spiral-letters gradually shrinking in size-to suggest the dog's movements. Each poem appears on a separate page and is accompanied by a realistic watercolor-and-ink illustration. The appealing paintings show the pooch interacting with its owner, a sweet-faced girl. Myra Cohn Livingston's Dog Poems (Holiday, 1990; o.p.) and Lee Bennett Hopkins's A Dog's Life (Harcourt, 1983; o.p.) celebrate the world's most popular pet; however, they are aimed at an older audience and vary widely in tone and content. The poetry and paintings in Little Dog Poems complement one another wonderfully and bring to life an engaging canine character.
Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Kristine O'Connell George is one of the principal voices in contemporary children's poetry. Awards for her books include the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, International Reading Association / Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award, the Golden Kite, Myra Cohn Livingston Poetry Awards, Claudia Lewis Awards, ALA notables, NCTE notables, School Library Journal Best Books, Hornbook Fanfare, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, and IRA-CBC Children's Choice.

Her most recent book, Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems, received the Claudia Lewis Award from Bank Street and was named an ALA Notable, School Library Journal Best Book, and Bulletin Blue Ribbon.

Kristine lives in a rural area in Southern California with her family and their rescue dog, Riley.

Visit her website, www.kristinegeorge.com for audio clips, teacher's guides, and more.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Kristine O'Connell George has written one of the most endearing books of the year....Every poem illuminates another incident in the busy life of Little Dog, and dog-owners are sure to recognize their own pets in him. June Otani's watercolors are as charming as the text.
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Little Dog Poems is a book full of short, cute poems about the life of a little dog and its owner. There is a one poem on each page with illustrations relating to the text. The poems go through one entire day in the life of the dog, from waking up, to playtime, and back to bed again. Children will love reading and being read this adorable little book.

The watercolor illustrations in the book tell the story perfectly. This makes it easy for a young reader, or even listener, to follow along with the words. The pictures are also very realistic, which would help the child relate to the story. The little girl even has to use a step stool in one picture. Children can easily see the love the little girl has for her puppy on all of the pages.

None of the poems use rhyming words, but they do use a poetic format. Sometimes the words are printed in straight lines or even in a spiral formation to help illustrate the story. There is odd spacing between the lines that changes the way the poems are read. Children will love to try and read these poems, and the spacing might actually help them pace themselves and succeed. The words contained in the poems are very basic and would be a great place for any beginning reader to start.

The poems in the book create many different emotions, such as happiness playing catch, sadness being left at home, and even frustration at chewed up socks. Some of the poems even create sensory images, such as taste in the kitchen poem and touch in the comfort poem. Children will love reading this book over and over, because what child does not love an adorable little puppy?
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By Amazon Addict on August 20, 2005
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Ms. O'Connell George's simple prose come together beautifully in this lovely story. Perfect for Pre-K through early elementary.

Younger children will enjoy the simple verses. For my 8 year old son, who is a dog lover, he just enjoyed learning the story, but also had his eyes open to how simple poetry can be... doesn't have to rhyme and be some long hard to understand thing.

A great poetry intro. Also be sure to check out Little Dog and Duncan .. which seems even better than the original little dog and is a great friendship story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My second graders just fell in love with this book. Viva Little Dog
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By A Customer on June 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
LITTLE DOG PEOMS may be a little book to hold in your hand, but it's big with imagery, big with understanding of dog behavior and especially big on the fun and special relationship that a child and her dog share. George captures this spunky Little Dog in poems of suitable size. No wasted words here. The essence of each poem, like an enthusiastic puppy, leaps up in tight word pictures that take your breath away with their warmth and rightness.
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By A Customer on June 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have read both of these Little Dog books to my first grade students and they enjoyed each and every poem very much!!! Many of my students bonded with the child and her dog and had lots of stories to tell and write about their own experiences with pets.
These are two of my favorite books to read to them when I talk about poems not having to rhyme to be poems. I wish Ms. George would write more books about Little Dog and his experiences!
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