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Stella, Unleashed: Notes from the Doghouse Hardcover – April 1, 2008

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A tricolored stray mutt, Stella, finds just the right home and, being quite articulate, tells children all about it . . . in doggerel, no less. Ashman’s poems, each one about a different aspect of Stella’s new life and family, are lots of fun, recalling everything from how she ended up with just the right name to how she interacts with each of the puzzling humans with whom she lives: from the brother, who plays her favorite games; and the sister, who loves to dress-up; to the baby, who Stella feels is “best when confined to its chair.” Busy, gleeful pictures extend the comedy of Ashman’s verses, with Stella, alternately naughty and nice, at the center of it all—whether grudgingly accepting the purple veil she must wear to Sister’s tea, straight-arming Pop to forestall a tub bath, or luxuriating in a tummy rub. Pair this with Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel’s Mr. Mutt (2007) for a sunny, fun-filled canine storytime. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Stephanie Zvirin
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402739877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402739873
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This story comprised of 29 poems written from a dog's point of view is simple joyous fun. Stella's commentary in poetic prose starts at the animal shelter where she must wait patiently and hope for adoption. She meets her family and from there she is fully "unleashed" as she shares her worldly observations.

All dog lovers will relate to these insightful missives on everything from requests to go out, better food, and sleeping requirements; to dealing with clumps of hair, treat selection, bath time, and what can land you in the doghouse. Bountiful source for language arts instruction, such as rhyme scheme, descriptive language, point of view, and journaling or news writing.

Pairs nicely with: I, Trixie, Who is Dog
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It's obvious Ashman loves dogs and knows what makes them tick. STELLA UNLEASHED will delight children and would even make a perfect gift for a new adult dog owner. It's that good. You don't necessarily need to be a dog or poetry fan to enjoy these; they are well written and laugh-out-loud funny. Ashman captures the doggy essence with the added twist that makes a great poem. The humorous illustrations enhance text and are, well, adorable. So happy to find that rare, recent, well-written, fun! book of poetry for kids. Love this.
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I just bought this book for a friend's pre-school aged child. He really enjoyed the book, especially since his dog's name is Stella! The book was well written. It included short and varied chapters about Stella's daily activities and relationship with her various family members.
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