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Oh No, George! Hardcover – March 13, 2012
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The individual’s struggle for self-control is subtly conveyed in George’s story, which manages to make old concept fresh thanks to George’s winning personality and a vibrant, jazzy artistic style... Young children who struggle to follow the rules will feel a bond with George, and the story’s present-tense narration and repeated refrains make this a natural for reading aloud.
Haughton’s retro illustrations capture George’s inner turmoil in both the position of his ears and the subtle shift of his eyeballs. Of course, there are no kids out there who struggle with resisting temptation, so this book won’t resonate at all . . . right?
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In it he writes, "A moment of choice is a moment of truth. It's the testing point of our character and competence". After listing some of the factors affecting us in the moment of choice he goes on, "With all these factors acting on us, it's important to remember that a moment of choice is just that - a moment of choice. Whether we react automatically to one or more of these influences, empower circumstances or other people to control us, or use our human endowments to make a conscious, conscience-directed decision - it's our choice".
First Things First is a book for adults.
Oh No, George makes some of the same points in a presentation that's fun filled and kid friendly.
George is some form of generic hound dog. He has a huge snout, long, droopy ears, and large expressive eyes. On the frontispiece he is pictured in that most pooch like of poses; asleep, on his back, belly exposed, paws lifted into the air. Then the action gets underway...
Harry, George's owner, is leaving the house. As he leaves he exhorts George to good behavior in his absence.
Closing his eyes in innocence, George answers, "I'll be very good". Everything about his appearance underscores that this indeed is his intention.
Absent his master's stabilizing presence however, George is presented with a series of tough temptations (eating cake, chasing the cat, digging up the garden). Each time the narrator asks the question, "What will George do?" And each time our canine hero is pictured struggling with the choice of immediate gratification or honoring his promise to behave.Read more ›
The illustrations are simple but even in their simplicity (like the placement/position of the eyes) they capture all of the emotion of the text. My favorite page is when George, the dog, offers his favorite toy to Harry, his human companion, in compensation for the mess he has made...it's so funny and touching at the same time. If there is a message involved it's more about kindness and forgiveness. The ending opens up your imagination to and a conversation or a debate to what George will do now when faced with another naughty thing he likes to do...what will he do?
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Our 15 month old LOVES this story, esp because our dog kind of looks like George.Published 1 month ago by Lynn
So cute, witty and funny! The illustrations are cute and George is mischievous but sweet.Published 1 month ago by Roxanne
Such a great book. My 18 month old loves it, but I think his dad and I are even bigger fans. Funny story with endearing illustrations; we definitely relate as dog (and toddler)... Read morePublished 2 months ago by EAD
Love this book!! Our girls like it so much we bought it as gifts for family and friends!Published 2 months ago by Candice
This is a fun book, our 2 year old son really enjoys it at bedtime.Published 2 months ago by M. Spielman
We love this book, and this author. The books are fun both for the child and the parent - enough repetition that young toddlers can participate, with some humor for their parents. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Rice
Our favorite book! My son (2) loves it and I have to admit I'm just as entertained as he is! Such a cute book, and anyone with a dog can certainly relate to this story.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer