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My Dog Never Says Please Hardcover – 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Weekly Reader (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140567259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140567250
  • ASIN: B000NE8BQS
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,056,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Bennett on June 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Ginnie Mae's got a tough life. Her ma's picky about things like saying please and wearing shoes. Her little brother, Jack, is so perfect "he ha[s] a little halo over his head." Her dog, Ol' Red, seems to have things a lot easier. "My dog never says 'please,'" muses Ginnie Mae, "and no one thinks a thing about it." Finally, after a night of being told to mind her manners, eat like a lady, clean her room, and put on her shoes, Ginnie Mae declares she'd rather be a dog. Humored by her parents, she moves in with Ol' Red, to a life of treeing cats, digging holes, sleeping in the doghouse, and begging for scraps. "Ol' Red's real good about sharing. . . I think he's even given me some of his fleas."
Kibbles can't compare to her ma's cooking, however, and when it starts to rain, Ginnie Mae starts to reconsider her care-free lifestyle. "Pa says I can go back to being myself anytime I've a mind to. So maybe I'll just saunter on in and wash up for supper," she decides.
This story has some great comic moments that make my four-year-old laugh out loud, and even bring a smile to his oh-so-sophisticated six-year-old sister's face. I like the fact that even though the story is told through Ginnie Mae's voice, Ma and Pa are presented as perfectly reasonable parents. More importantly, the author, Suzanne Williams, lets the story play to it's logical outcome without moralizing. She allows her readers to draw for themselves the conclusion that good manners are a fair trade-off for the blessings of civilization. Tedd Arnold's illustrations are priceless, adding wry humor to an already amusing story. He gives us Ginnie Mae at the dinner table, the food flying everywhere, and Ginnie Mae and Ol' Red sitting side by side on their haunches, scratching at fleas. Funniest of all is the teeth-baring grin Ginnie Mae gives her annoying little brother at the end of the book, and his startled reaction to it.
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Format: Hardcover
Ginny Mae doesn't say please, she tears into her chicken pretending she is a dog and when pie is dished up she puts her whole head into the plate splattering pie everywhere! Of course her parents keep reprimanding her and Ginny thinks she would rather be like Ol'Red her dog, who gets to eat exactly as he pleases, doesn't have to tidy her room and can go outside without putting shoes on!

In the end it all gets too much for Ginny and she yells "I want to be a dog!" Her parents ask her if she is sure & then let her go out to live with the dog who not only shares his kennel but also his fleas! When the rain comes pouring down Ginny decides that it would be best to to go back inside and wash up for supper.

Lovely book - well written and illustrated.
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A Kid's Review on October 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My Dog Never Says Please is as silly as Amelia Bedlia dusting furniture with dusting powder. First, you have a girl who acts, eats, and does everything like a dog. Second, you have her little brother correcting her on her manners. Finally, you get the girl to realize that she doesn't want to be a dog. I would highly recommend this book to any parent who wants to read to their kids. I also recommend this book to read to kids who need to learn that you may not want something you may just want it because someone else has it.
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A Kid's Review on October 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My Dog Never Says Please is as silly as Amelia Bedlia dusting furniture with dusting powder. First, you have a girl who acts, eats, and does everything like a dog. Second, you have her little brother correcting her on her manners. Finally, you get the girl to realize that she doesn't want to be a dog. I would highly recommend this book to any parent who wants to read to their kids. I also recommend this book to read to kids who need to learn that you may not want something you may just want it because someone else has it.
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