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Pick a Pup Hardcover – February 22, 2011

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Eeny, meeny, miney, pup, / which teeny-weeny, tiny pup?� Sam is eager to get a new puppy, but how in the world will he pick the right one? Looking through books, studying dogs on the street, drawing pictures of dogs, dogs, dogs doesn�t seem to do the trick. Should it be a �sit-in-your-lap dog� or a �likes-to-take-a-nap dog?� A cornucopia of similar comparisons follows on the succeeding spreads. Once Sam arrives at the shelter, dogs of all shapes and sizes greet him, making the decision even harder. Or is it, as one golden pup makes his feelings known? The story has a certain inevitability, but it�s done with such good humor and spirit, even kids who guess the ending will enjoy Sam�s journey. Henry�s watercolor art possesses the fun of cartoons but shows some heft as well and does a good job of portraying the emotions Sam experiences as he makes his choice. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper

About the Author

Marsha Wilson Chall is the author of such books as One Pup's Up, illustrated by Henry Cole; Up North at the Cabin, illustrated by Steve Johnson; and Sagebrush Spring, illustrated by Jim Daly. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband, dog, and barn cats, and you can visit her online at www.marshachall.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416979611
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416979616
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,925,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a really nice choice for any young dog lover, especially one who is thinking about getting a dog for the first time. It tells the story of Sam, a young boy who is going to the shelter to pick out a dog. He's worrying about what kind to get, one like David's, or Auntie Ruth's or maybe Kate's dog who likes to do the hokey pokey and give lot's of kisses. How is he to know which kind? The ending is great when a full two page illustration shows Sam with a puppy bounding out of the group to jump in his arms. Sam learns what a lot of us dog lover's already know - sometimes, dogs pick their owners, not the other way around!

The rhyming flows well and the illustrations are vibrant and do a great job of portraying each dog and their differences. This is a book with a great message reinforcing the love between dogs and their kids and the importance of adopting shelter dogs. A good pick for preschool story time or any child's personal collection. Recommended.
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So, obvious warning to families, don't hand this to your kid unless you're about to go get a dog! And don't give this as a gift to someone's kid unless you know the dog thing is happening. That could be a huge let-down for the little ones.

But this would be a great choice for a preschool or kindergarten class to talk about their pets. Not only to highlight the differences in pets, but to tell the story of how they became part of the family. Adopted? Child of an earlier pet? Just showed up one day and decided to stay?

Going back to the family thing, it's also a great intro for a discussion about a pet's needs and an owner's responsibilities. So many dogs with different temperaments are described, making it easy for children to understand that each dog is different.

Overall, the rhyming verse is fine, with a good rhythm. The art is consistent, and pleasantly bright. While this book won't be a great pick for every family, I think this is a must to at least borrow iff you're going to surprise your child with a new family friend.
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Great book
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