- 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: #795,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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."
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