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The Poky Little Puppy (A Little Golden Book Classic) Hardcover – April 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books; 1 edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307021343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307021342
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

One of the original 12 Little Golden Books, The Poky Little Puppy has sold nearly 15 million copies since 1942, making it one of the most popular children's books of all time. Now this curious little puppy is ready to win the hearts and minds of a new generation of kids.

About the Author

JANETTE SEBRING LOWREY has the distinction of being the author of the bestselling picture book of all time.


GUSTAF TENGGREN came to the United States from Sweden in 1920. He provided much of the concept artwork for the Walt Disney films Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio. Tenggren illustrated many classic Golden Books including The Saggy Baggy Elephant and Tawny Scrawny Lion. --This text refers to the Board book edition.

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Customer Reviews

I remembered it and now my daughter loves me reading it to her.
Heather March
It is the sweetest story, and I am always asked to read the book over and over again.
Barbara
I will be purchasing a new copy of this book for my baby once s/he is born.
Laura S. Limon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Jena on November 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
...but the Poky Little Puppy is beloved by children of every generation. Early this summer I saw "Poky Little Puppy" t-shirts for adults being sold at a popular national retail chain near NYU. A few weeks later I still couldn't stop thinking about it, so I went back to buy one. They were all sold out. The store manager (who also was in his 30s) told me that all of their stores were sold out, both retail and online. People kept coming in asking if there was a wait list. I asked him if they were all college students, but he surprised me by saying that there were a fair number of adults. We started talking about our favorite books as children, and both had a good laugh over the fact that we'd loved the Poky Little Puppy as much as any of the classics by Sendak or Silverstein, but that as adults, we'd become blind adherents to the ratings, erroneously assuming that the Poky Little Puppy wasn't "real" children's literature because it won no awards or praise from the critics. As I was walking out, I turned and asked him if he remembered the book's refrain whenever the puppies rolled down the hill. He grinned and, in unison, we both said: "And down they went to see, roly-poly, pell-mell, tumble-bumble, till they came to the green grass; and there they stopped short." Needless to say, this book now has a place on the bookshelf of every child in my family--and they all love it just as much as I did.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is the sweetest little book. I read it when I was a little girl, and now I am going to buy it for my soon-to-be-born baby. I have always thought of the poky little puppy as a hero for the ones who stop to smell the roses.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Penny Thoughtful on June 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is such a cute story! A curious little puppy just can't be bothered to do as he's told. I recommend reading this book to your children and then making them some rice pudding. They will appreciate the connection. (I did.)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on June 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Since there is always a child at my home, I was running out of books for them and decided I needed to add a few. I am a big fan of books written years ago and decided to purchase this book. I am so glad I did. It is the sweetest story, and I am always asked to read the book over and over again.

I find that books written a long time ago have wonderful lessons and appeal to children a great deal more then many contemporary children's books.

It is a lovely book and I encourage anyone with children to purchase it.
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46 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Ian David Golder on March 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This was the first children's book to write honestly about the issue of pokyness. The subject is introduced in a gentle manner so as not to unduly embarrass a young listener who is struggling with pokyness. As someone else put it, "the puppy is the child who has failed to progress beyond the mirror-stage, surely." I couldn't agree more, or recommend this more highly for any parents with poky children.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dai-keag-ity on September 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Jointly reviewed on Tyler's request. :-)

Ellie: "A children's classic to rate among the most heartwarming of the genre. The story of the poky little puppy with his innocuous mischief, mixed bag of luck, love of desserts, and fondness for digging holes under fences, is a delight."

Tyler: "It's nice!"

Unanimous agreement from two lovers of the finest in Little Golden Book literature...
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By N. Minton on January 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was disappointed in the quality of this book. It seems flimsy and not of the quality I remember from when I was a child. In fact, the cover isn't as wide as the book pages, so they stick out and are sure to get tattered with time. Since it was only a few bucks I might try to find another copy that is of better quality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Hunt on January 7, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
i've been looking for a children's book to have on the kindle for my son just-in-case but have been skeptical of the choices available since there are few books and they will be viewed in black and white. i decided to take a chance on this one since we own it in color and know the story well.

for 88 cents, it's not too bad. the text is easy to read, the pictures aren't too bad in grayscale and you can certainly read the story. some of the pictures are small because they are wide while taller illustrations fill the whole page. there are a few blank pages but whatever.

all-in-all i wouldn't replace a colored, tangible copy with the kindle edition, and i wouldn't introduce the child to this classic on the kindle, but as a familiar story to have on the kindle for him when he needs something to look at it's worth the 88 cents
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