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The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy Hardcover – January 1, 1985


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (January 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756951178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756951177
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 7.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Petey, a puppy, wants a boy of his own for Christmas, but never expects to find so many who want to offer him a home; a re-illustrated version of the favorite story. A Reading Rainbow selection . Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1 What a pleasure it is to welcome a new edition of Jane Thayer's charming book, first illustrated by Seymour Fleishman (Morrow, 1958). More than anything in the world, Petey, a puppy, wanted a boy for Christmas. Nothing else his mother suggested would do, and none of the other dogs would give him their boys. Dejected, Petey passes the Home for Boys where a lonely newcomer sits on the steps. Petey has found not one boy, but 50 boys full of love. McCue's puppy is a frisky, impish dog-pound special, closely resembling her Sebastian, the Super Sleuth of Mary Blount Christian's novels (Macmillan). However, where Sebastian is portrayed with scratchboard, Petey and friends are in naturalistic watercolors highlighted with crayon. The "Orphan's Home" of the earlier edition has become a Home for Boys; minor changes in the text are in keeping with evolving life styles; the interracial boys are in cords, blue jeans and sneakers. With updated text and illustrations, an old friend has a new personality, and Petey is virtually guaranteed another almost 40 years of popularity with the picture book crowd.Virginia Opocensky, Lincoln City Libraries, Nebr.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I liked it because it had puppies in it and puppies are one of my favorite animals.
Amy H. thompson
This is a wonderful book for children to read independently (ages 7-10) or as a read-aloud (ages 2-10).
ardnam
My son is 5 years old and love this story and like me to read it every night at the moment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ardnam VINE VOICE on November 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a truly touching, endearing, and enjoyable children's book about a lonely puppy who wants a boy of his own. It is very well illustrated. My students enjoyed the twist on the the usual 'boy wants a puppy' plot. Wonderful, happy ending. I used this story as a springboard for story writing in my classroom. The book inspired my second graders to create stories such as The Kitten Who Wanted a Girl, The Kangaroo Who Wanted a Boy, The Koala Who Wanted a Girl, etc. This is a wonderful book for children to read independently (ages 7-10) or as a read-aloud (ages 2-10). This would be a great addition to a child's personal library. An additional perk is the bargain price!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Delirium on November 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have received the book in the mail and haven't read it to my kids yet, but I read it myself. I just could not help myself and before I knew it, I was crying. It is a very nice, touching book that teaches about companionship and love. I would highly recommend it, I can't wait to read it to my kids!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
Petey was a wonderer that wanted a boy for Christmas. The ending was hilarious! Instead of finding one boy, he found fifty five kids who wanted him. Children who love dogs should buy and read this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
Today I am going to tell you a little about a book called "The Puppy Who Wanted A Boy"by Jane Thayer.It is about a puppy who wanted a boy for Christmas. So he asks his mother. But his mother said that he must follow only three rules. Which was not to eat up any shoes,leave the bird alone,and to be a good puppy. He does not follow those rules so his mother said no. But as a surprise she went out looking for a boy for her son.But she had no luck. She told her son that she was looking for him to have a boy and no other dogs wanted to give away there boy. So the puppy went off on his own to look for a boy. Now,I cant tell you the end so you might want to read the book and find out the ending. But just to let you know that this is a really good book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L Sem on April 12, 2005
Format: Library Binding
For years, I read this book to my 2 sons, Jake and Jordan. They loved the book and also got a kick out of the fact that I couldn't finish the book ever without tears - happy tears because of the great ending for Petey. Jake and Jordan are older now and 1 week ago we went to a pet store to look at puppies like we often do. In the first cage was... PETEY! We took him home and there was no argument - his name would be Petey. He has the personality and looks just like the puppy in the book. My boys will never forget this book and one I will keep to read to their kids some day.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I've read this book about a million times over and over and it never will get old. First I love the pictures! The puppy dog is very cute and always reminds me of my old puppy tuffy. The way that the dog really wants a boy and looks everywhere to find the best one is really neat. And the best ending where he finds a home with so many boys and he could't be happier dog. It kindof tells you not to give up because the best thing is out there for you all you need to do is find it and you'll be happy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Meadows on January 30, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My grown children had this book when they were small and I recently ordered it for a grand nephew who got his first puppy for Christmas. I think it's a wonderful story that should be in every child's home collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martha M. Howze on December 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is about a puppy who wanted a boy for Christmas. He sets out to find one asking several dogs if they would give away their boy to him. No dog would give their boy away. The puppy ends up at a boys home where the boys have no parents or dog to take care of them. The puppy ends up with fifty boys! A delight to young children as well as their readers!
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