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|Age Level: 3 - 5|
|Grade Level: Pre-K - 1st|
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This book put a smile of my face on the first page and the smile stayed there until the last. I handed this one to my wife and she had the same reaction. Now we are dog people, I grant you that, and dogs have been a part of our lives for over 60 years now. As a matter of fact we find it difficult to imagine life without at least one of them. (We currently have three).
Anyway, the author and artist of this work know their dogs. The tale is told via the dog and he tells us that dogs do not have it all that easy...their days, and often time's nights, are filled with work, work and more work. The dog shows us how he sweeps the floors, cleans up the yard, guards against "invaders," acts as an alarm clock in the morning, fetches balls for humans, helps do the dishes after every meal, recycles trash from the trash can and generally keeps his human family going.
Of course as our big sloppy harry dog is telling us these amazing facts, the artist, Donald Wu tells us what is "really" going on through his use of some wonderful illustrations. One of the strongest aspects of Wu's paintings are the facial expressions on the dog as he accomplishes his chores. Each expression is different and each fits the circumstances perfectly. For those of you who feel that dogs do not have facial expressions that show their moods, etc., they those folks have never had a Boston Terrier around the house or a big old lovable mutt.
I have already tested this book out with a group of kids (15 of the wee ones) and got a two thumbs up from all of them.Read more ›
It consists of a series of "events," comprised of an illustration and the dog's account of the event (waking people up, responding to the ring of the doorbell, running with a ball in its mouth, etc.) The overt message of the text is that the dog has an active life, performing a series of useful tasks.
But when you compare the illustration and the text, you see in each case that the dog's interpretation of his actions is very different from the way those actions appear to humans.
The story can be read with very young children, who will appreciate the illustrations and take the dog's account at face value. As the children get a bit older, one can use the book to explore the gap between the dog's conception of events and our own. The book thus raises the issue of how different people (or creatures) view the world through different lenses.
The author has clearly spent hours carefully scrutinizing the goings-on of her dog's daily routine, revealing a story written in a fun and thoughtful way. The artist has created an absolutely delightful set of pictures that left me 'oohing' and 'ahhing' while reading, scouring the page for the little details that makes up a dog's every day life. The writing and artwork combined leaves me squealing in delight.
It is sure to make a young child's day.
Caroline Sherman's "A Dog's Life" is filled with endearing moments like this, starring a bigger than life, slobbering, licking, fur-covered love dynamo. Children will enjoy the Kodak-moment illustrations and the funny first "person" dog narrative.
This is a book that can be read many times and enjoyed again and again as the reader sees the dog's point of view. It's a big book with larger than life illustrations, making it a perfect read aloud, sit on my lap kind of book. Ostensibly a children's book, you'll find that this is an uncommon treasure you'll want to share with kids and adults alike.
Have a dog in your family? Get this book. You'll love it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy bedtime read. My almost 4 year old son giggled several times and I was pleased that it was a quick story. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Angela H
I just want to say I am on a level of reading that is way higher than this but it is great book for little kidsPublished 5 months ago by Marina Chaffin
The book was a birthday gift for a three-year old and his mom said he loved looking at the pictures. She also said she read it four times the first day he got it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Karen Lea Lo
Cute graphics but not much "writing" so - a little on the simplistic side and my grandson is only just 3. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sweengolly
This is the cutest little book ever! Even my adult family finds it so comical. Great if you own a rambunctious doggie.Published 7 months ago by peggy
A nice light book from a dogs perspective.
The grand babies enjoyed but it is not one they ask for regularly. Read more