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One Pup's Up Hardcover – June 15, 2010

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 420L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416979603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416979609
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K—Starting with a picture of a sleepy-looking mother dog and her litter, with one youngster sneaking off, and the words "1 pup's up," the text counts the dogs up to 10 and back again. Their day includes everything from "6 puppies piddle…" to "7 pups pounce./8 puppies chase./9 puppies bounce/in a pudgy puppy race." The rhyming text is short and effective. It scans well, and, while not outstanding, reads aloud smoothly, and captures the essence of puppyhood. Cole's engaging watercolor and ink artwork captures little tails as they poke up, and nearly every pup is distinctive: some are solid black, brown, tan, or white, while others sport spots in differing colors and patterns. The pages vary in layout from spot art to full-bleed spreads, imbuing the book with motion and personality. The animals joyfully romp and play, and little listeners are sure to enjoy counting them and finding favorites. And therein lies the problem. As the numbers increase, the puppies get harder to count. By 10, two of them are nearly off the page, with one only a nose and paws and the other a tail and ears. It seems likely that preschoolers will have difficulty with this. That caveat aside, the book is sure to be popular. An additional purchase where more counting books are needed.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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From Booklist

A counting book with puppies? This can only lead one place: puppy nirvana. Sure enough, it begins with one chubby pup awakening and pawing his way across the hardwood floor. Soon it's two puppies tumbling, then three playing, and then the troop heads outside: “4 pups drink. / 5 puppies huddle. / 6 puppies piddle in the middle of the muddle.” In a bouncy rhythm that recalls Dr. Seuss's Hop on Pop, the gleeful little canines swell in number until they reach 10 and stuff their muzzles into a line of dog bowls: “All the puppies sniff. / No puppies stray. / Every puppy dines / in the Line-'em-up Café.” The numerals themselves are bigger than the rest of the text, reminding readers at all times to keep counting. It's a bit harder than it sounds, as Cole's tender watercolor-and-ink illustrations often conceal a pup or two in the margins, giving only glimpses of a flap of ear or a nudge of foot. Finally, Chall reverses the countdown through yawning and nuzzling and sleeping. Until, of course, “1 pup's up . . . ” Preschool-Kindergarten. --Daniel Kraus

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a nice basic counting book, you certainly can't go wrong with this one. The numbers are big, the pictures clear, and the text rhymes along at a fun pace. This rhyme is really fun to read - lots of pudgy puppies, piles of puppies, and pouncing puppies. All the puppies are clearly visible, so it works well for learning. For the numbers 8,9,10 there are partial puppies, so that adds a bit to the challenge. We get to count up from 1 to 10 and then back down again, with a spread in the middle of them all drinking out of different colored bowls so you can throw a little color learning in there too!

All in all a great effort and a good choice for any young preschooler or toddler just learning to count. These puppies are very cute and expressive and will easily hook any youngster into doing a little learning! If you get one counting book for your collection, this would be a good choice. Big recommend for 2 to 4 year olds - especially little dog lovers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Jackson on December 30, 2010
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My four year old son and I loved this book! I agree with the above review. I loved how the book counted forward to 10, then backwards to 1! Can't go wrong with this book, especially if you have a dog lover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TAP on October 23, 2011
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Highly recommend this early counting book, especially for dog-lovers. As others have commented, the puppy count goes up & then back down as pups wake up & exhaust themselves again. Illustrations are great, & my 6 month old grandaughter tries to pet them on each page.
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Format: Hardcover
My 16 month old loves dogs and loves this book! The illustrations and rhyme really hold her interest. The pages are a bit thin (I wish it was a board book for her age), but overall a great book!
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More About the Author

Born and raised in Minnesota as an only child, Marsha Wilson Chall amused herself in daydream and now sets those dreams in the storyscapes of lakes, woods, prairie, and beyond (even France). She hopes her books invite the reader to explore new destinations, both outward and inward.

Chall has published a children's chapter book and many picture books, including PICK A PUP, ONE PUP'S UP, UP NORTH AT THE CABIN, and BONAPARTE. Her books have received numerous awards: an International Reading Association Teacher's Choice Award, American Booksellers Pick of the Lists, Parents Choice, NAPPA Gold Award, and Smithsonian Notable recognition.

When she's not writing or sharing her love of good books at schools or conferences, she enjoys teaching in the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline University. She has two grown children and lives on a small farm west of Minneapolis with her husband, dog, and barn cats.

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