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Moka Becomes a Water Dog: The Dog On My Feet Series (Volume 1) Paperback – December 20, 2012
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I highly recommend this book and look forward to future adventure stories about Moka with her young family.
Lucas and Ethan, two brothers, received a Black Labrador for Christmas one year. They take it to the cabin and find that Moka doesn’t like to swim in the water! Their father comes up with an idea that gets Moka interested in chasing an object and not focusing his fear on the water! As it turns out, Moka loves the water and becomes as in the title, a water dog!
This soft bound book is beautifully done. The text is only on one side of the book when opened, and the type set is large enough for early readers to see easily. The pages are short, and the words are kept simple. When reading this with two of my kids (3 and 6 year old girls), they were easily able to find words and relate to the story, and asked for it to be re-read when done. My other child is a boy of 5 years with some severe special needs. Even he was able to relate to the story through the artwork on the pages. Each picture was very simple, and very easily recognizable. He was easily able to recognize Moka, and the objects in the background. The color palate used for foreground and background were very high contrast and everything popped out of the page for him. He even kept picking the book back up and bringing it over to me to read.
It’s a great story, and everything flowed nicely. It won’t take you too long to read it to your child, but it’s the perfect length for a brand new reader. There are some words that they will need help with, but nothing that’s going to deter them from reading.
There are even some activities in the back of the book which were a nice touch. There was a word search, a maze, and some coloring pages so the kids could create their own pictures of Moka and the family.
If I had one caveat about the book, it isn’t anything to do with the story, but it has to do with the word search in the back. For the level of reader that this is aimed for, finding words like “mountain” that is spelled backwards, or any word diagonally I think would be too hard. Better in my opinion would be questions about the book to help with reading retention, understand what came first, what came next, etc. But that’s something that is very small, and is really just a suggestion maybe for the next book.
All in all, this book was fantastic, I enjoyed the story, and my kids enjoyed me reading it to them! They look forward to future adventures with the Black Lab Moka!
The boys' father thought it would be a good idea to get Moka a floating toy to play with in the water. Once that toy hit the water, Moka took off running on the dock and flew into the water....Moka never had so much fun. It was like she was bred to be in the water like all other Labrador dogs.Go Moka, the Water Dog!
What a great children's book! As a former dog owner, I can attest to the fact that the behavior shown by Moka was spot on. The book shares a great message of love and friendship. The story is beautifully illustrated and is easy to read. I love the clean lines of this book; the large text on one page and the illustrations on the adjoining page. Unlike other children's books that I've read, where the text can sometimes get lost within the picture, this one is definitely easy on the eyes. Great for grandparents and kids alike!
Especially enjoyable are the activities at the back of the book. A note for parents: make copies of these pages so that the kids can do them more than once! Brilliant idea Mr. Stevenson! Can't wait for future editions from the The Dog on My Feet Series!
My grandson loved the fact that this was also a book that had coloring pages and puzzles - which he had never seen in a kid's book before. This book, teaches not only reading, but problem solving and motor skills (and as a grandma - I like that). Now that he's done it all (read it many times now), he keeps asking when I'm going to get him the next one, because he wants to know what Moka does next. To me, that's a perfect endorsement.