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The Twelve Days of Christmas Dogs Hardcover – September 15, 2005

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K-Gr. 3. As the title announces, this parody of the familiar carol substitutes dogs for the traditional song items. Structured as the story of three kids exchanging gifts of dogs--from "a pug puppy under the tree" to "twelve doggies drumming"--the device provides plenty of opportunity for comedy: Chihuahuas in tutus; three French dogs (poodles of course) serving croissants at a cafe; "six pooches playing" (chess); "ten Labs a-leaping." New elements appear on left-hand bordered pages; pages on the right whimsically illustrate the hectic, expanding canine crowd, as pooches prance, dance, and frolic with a marmalade cat that joins in the fun. The individual breeds aren't named, but it doesn't matter. Children will be too occupied counting critter noses and finding the cat among the dogs to care. Canine cavorting is the game, and it's great fun. Julie Cummins
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About the Author

Carolyn Conahan lives in Portland, Oregon.This is the first book she has both written and illustrated.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (September 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525474862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525474869
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,491,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark A. Conahan on December 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
From Kirkus Reviews: "Conahan reworks the well-known words to the traditional Christmas carol to feature a canine crowd ... Children who like to find all the items in each category on a page will enjoy counting up the canines, each illustrated with flair in watercolor and ink. The new words to the old song provide a catchy alternative for musically inclined dog lovers, and there's a marmalade cat on every page to keep the cat lovers happy as well."

From School Library Journal: "On the first day of Christmas, my best friend gave to me a pug puppy under the tree. Each subsequent day there is an increase both in the number of mutts and breeds, and in the comical mayhem that ensues.... Children will love poring over all the lively and outrageous cartoon watercolors and will enjoy discovering the golden tabby that appears on every page. This tale is best for sharing one-on-one or reading independently because of the detailed art and side story line presented in bubbles as conversation among the three friends. Sure to be popular. - M.W."

Article from the Portland Oregonian newspaper: [...]
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Far from the treacly offerings we have come to expect and dread during the holiday season, this book in fact reminds me in many ways of the early work of Alice and Martin Provensen. It's for kids, but the level of detail and thought Ms. Conahan puts into every drawing will hold the interest of older children and the adults who invariably will be reading it over and over again. We look forward to her next effort with great anticipation.
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This is a great read aloud book with lots of opportunities for discussion about types of dogs, learning to count, etc. The illustrations are hilarious. I love it!
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love this book. perfect to sing along to this popular christmas song. The kids love trying to remember which dog comes next
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