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Sally Goes to the Vet Hardcover – April 1, 2004

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PreSchool-Grade 2–The adventures of the lovable black Labrador continue. Huneck's bold and folksy woodcut prints convey a droll sense of humor and dog's-eye view of the world. In this tale, Sally plays chasing games with her friend, Bingo, the cat. When she is injured, her human rushes her to the vet. When she gets home she cuddles with Bingo to tell her about the veterinary escapade. Huneck manages to infuse some humor into this potentially traumatic episode. He also portrays the doctor visit in such a way that kids should feel reassured by it. Animal lovers and Sally's fans will appreciate this offering.–Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL
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PreS-Gr. 2. The irrepressible canine star of three previous adventures (trips to the beach, farm, and mountains) now faces a dreaded trip to the vet. The brief text, narrated in black lab Sally's voice, relates how she fell over a tree stump and hurt herself while chasing her friend Bingo the cat. Her x-ray shows no broken bones, so Sally is allowed to go home and take her medicine. It's the oversize woodcut prints in Huneck's signature folk-art style that make the book memorable. In the clever pictures, humans are represented only by hands and feet and an occasional torso (no faces), and close-ups, such as one showing a tongue depressor approaching Sally's open mouth, allow kids to look right over the vet's shoulder, making Sally's experience more immediate. Burnt orange and yellow backgrounds (and an orange-colored Bingo) contrast nicely with Sally's black shape, which is speckled with fine white lines that give the illusion of hairs. It's an attractively designed tribute to vets that both dog lovers and Sally's fans will like. Julie Cummins
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810948133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810948136
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.4 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Sally tells this first-person (make that first-dog) tale of her trip to the vet in another Sally series winner from author/illustrator Stephen Huneck. Sally, who is perhaps a black lab mix, is bored inside the house, where the people's homework, urgent memos, passports, old socks, and underwear surround her. Thrilled by a weather change, she goes outside and plays chase with her buddy, tabby cat Bingo. She's so excited that she doesn't see a tree stump, and she falls over, hurt.

She's rushed to the vet ("The nurse explains that 'vet' is short for doctor of veterinary medicine."), where she receives an x-ray (shown to the reader, there are no apparent broken bones), eye, mouth, and stethoscope exams (great close-ups here), and--a shot in the butt! This latter concerns her. When told to think of a happy thought, we see her closed eyes imagining a strawberry ice cream cone! "It really works! I hardly feel a thing." While resting in front of a fireplace with her best pal Bingo, Sally relays her story and the doctor's advice about happy thoughts. In a nice touch, Bingo is shown lying on big Sal's back, thinking of her doggy pal. The book may help allay children's fears of vets, and perhaps of their own doctor visits. While imagining a happy thought may not be sufficient for a young boy or girl, the book at least suggests that there are ways to manage your fears.

The highlights are probably the colorful, glossy, woodcut illustrations, a superb mix of big bold colors and detailed patterns that suggest texture and depth. Huneck seems to enjoy this mode so much that he devotes an opening paragraph in the "artist's note" to an explanation of technique, as well as a grateful note to vets everywhere. This 30-page work is one of those big picture books with simple text that will please toddlers and early readers as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark on July 18, 2004
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I loved the first three sally books, but this one really outdoes itself. Huneck's illustrations are worth framing and thew story lends itself so well to sharing with chilren who are taking their pet to the vet for the first time.
I read this to my daughter as we brought our pet bird in for a checkup and she felt much better. Then I showed it to my vet and he had never seen another book that does such a good job of allevating a child's fear.
Can't wait for the next one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Ciprich on April 13, 2009
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I used this book to do a presentation at a pre-school - the kids LOVED it. It was a great segue into demonstrating what we do in an examination room as well as their responsibilities as a pet owner. The age group was 3-5 years old and they loved the images - especially Bingo chasing Sally. I recommend this to all of my colleagues to have for visitors to their clinics and to specialty toy stores to carry as part of their library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda on February 5, 2012
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I love the books about Sally. I have a Black Lab and can relate to every story told by Stephen Huneck. I can appreciate the effort in the artwork,too. I'm picking up my dog at the Vet tomorrow and am taking the book with me to share with them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill on July 10, 2006
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Beautiful illustrations, fun story that will appeal to kids & adults alike
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By Mina on July 7, 2008
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The "Sally" series by Stephen Huneck is a favorite of my first grade class. The book is large, the story is thoughtful and funny, and the illustrations are really cool - you don't see woodcut too often, and he does it very well. I use this book to help teach students about plot and "beginning, middle, end." I can say the same things about the other Sally books: Sally goes to the Mountains, to the Farm and to the Beach. All of them are really fun read alouds and I highly recommend them!
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I come from a family of dog lovers and the Sally books are hands down the best. They are beautifully illustrated and the story lines truly capture the thinking and behaviors of man's best friend. Stephen Huneck was a genius and it saddens me that he is no longer with us. I hope his friends and family know how much his stories have touched the lives of me and my children. Buy these books and share the joy and love of having a relationship with a pet with your children.
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By Dawn on September 29, 2013
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This was a gift to our vet, who has compassionately and tirelessly cared for our many pets over the years. He and his staff loved paging through it, and he took it home for his teenagers to enjoy before putting it among the reading materials in his waiting room. The charming and witty illustrations appeal to all ages, not just the little kids. It is a dear story with some great advice for us all.
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