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Wallie Exercises Hardcover – January 4, 2011
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But Ettinger doesn't end his book there. Instead, he offers some fun exercise maneuvers that children can learn, and then poses questions regarding exercise, warm-ups, and hydration - of course, providing the answers at the end. This is a very fun book, completely entertaining as a children's story, but at the same time planting the seeds of the importance of nutrition and exercise in the readers mind - while also gently nudging the reading parent to followup once the book is closed for the day.Read more ›
Well the author and the wonderful illustrator Pete Proctor has taken on the chore of doing their little bit to try to correct this problem by creating this amusing tale of a truly lazy (but I must say, loveable) dog; Willie. Willie can be found of the couch eating and napping. Willie can be found making up all sorts of excuses for his inactivity and his obvious enjoyment of junk food.
Ah, but Willie pays the price! One day he gets up and simply can no longer get his pants on! His young master is finally able to talking our chubby and out of shape canine friend into taking some action! They hop into the truck and go to the local park where they find all sorts of animals participating in exercise programs.
The author has used a very simply text, completely appropriate for the first and second grade crowd, to emphasize the importance of staying active. His method of using Wallie the dog is good in that I am pretty sure that the young kids can perfectly identify with Wallie on several levels. First, the wee ones quite often share Wallie's attitude and secondly, I fear to say that they probably see living examples of our couch potato friend in their own homes via watching mom and dad. It will not take a kid long to make the connection here and hopefully give him or her incentive to break this cycle.Read more ›
Wallie's owner insists on taking this lazy dog out to the park for some exercise with the other animals. Just when Wallie is feeling overheated and overwhelmed, Edwin the Exercise Elephant takes charge of his program. With hydration, motivation and activities he enjoys, Wallie learns that exercise can truly be fun.
Trainer and author Steve Ettinger tells the story in wonderful rhyme, making Wallie Exercises a book the little ones will want to hear again and again; a fun story AND a useful tool in the campaign to get kids fit. At the end Ettinger presents some activities and discussion questions to spark conversation about fitness.
Adding to the book's appeal are the bright and bold illustrations by Pete Proctor, rich with the kind of detail that will keep children and adults laughing out loud. What a pleasure to see text and illustrations working so well together, and with a great message too. This book really is something special. Read it to some kids, and then take them outside for some age-appropriate activity. If you have a dog (lazy or otherwise), bring him along. Everyone benefits!
Linda Bulger, 2011
Wallie is a very lazy dog and his belly is getting to big for his clothes, so his owner packs him up and searches for a place to help Wallie loose some weight. They meet Edwin the Exercise Elephant who takes Wallie under his wing and teaches him a few things. The prose is mostly done in rhyme, which is always successful in capturing a child's attention, as well as, having several sight words throughout the story. I have had to read this several times to my youngsters, and they have found it easy enough to read themselves, though they prefer me reading, I make up voices and they just love the voice I gave to Wallie!!
At the back of the book you will find cute exercises that you can incorporate with your children's daily regime, like Silly Shark Squats, Wallie Wiggle Wag Walks or Lazy Tag. With simple instructions on how to perform each, I soon had them all on the floor walking around on all fours and waggling their "tails". It was quite comical, they had a blast and they didn't even realize they were just exercising, until I explained it to them afterwards, and I'm fairly certain my 5 year old grand-daughter still doesn't believe me...LOL
This a very entertaining, visual and hands on book that I would suggest everyone grab a copy for their wee ones, day cares would benefit keeping such a book on hand also. The little ones would just love it and like I said, the exercises are simple and fun to do~!! Though the suggested age is 4, I think even younger ones would benefit from such, all kids like to pretend they are dogs!!
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Very cute book. We had the pleasure of having Steve visit our school. He's a great speaker with lots of energy. The kids loved it!Published 8 months ago by Mike Harris
The kids I read this to as a part of a nutrition class were Kindergarten age. We all had fun doing the exercises too!Published 18 months ago by cheekeeman
A lazy pooch gets a much needed kick in the rump by his concerned pal/owner. Loading Wallie into the car they soon stumble upon an exercising menagerie lead by an elephant. Read morePublished on May 22, 2011 by Cherise Everhard
Full color illustrations and kid-friendly rhymes guide young readers through a day in the life of an extremely lazy dog named Wallie. Read morePublished on March 15, 2011 by Amanda Richards
"One morning, as always, he woke up late,
But when he went to get dressed,
His belly was so big his pants wouldn't fit! Read more
Wallie Exercises, written by Steve Ettinger and illustrated by Pete Proctor, is an engaging children's book told in rhyme. Wallie is a mighty cute dog. Read morePublished on February 12, 2011 by Joyceb24
What a fun and beautifully illustrated book! My kids absolutely love it and have been practicing all the exercises Wallie teaches them in the back. Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by DaveStar
As a former Kindergarten and Sixth grade teacher, I have seen first hand the importance of promoting good health amongst our youth. Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by JHL
Wallie the dog is a wonderful pet except for one thing - he's terribly lazy. His laziness is making him fat so his owner seeks help. Read morePublished on January 7, 2011 by drebbles