A Vacation for Pooch

A Vacation for Pooch

by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
     
 

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Meet Violet. She's going on vacation to sunny Florida. She packed her bag very carefully.

Meet Pooch. He's going on vacation to Grandpa's snowy farm. Violet packed his bag very carefully, too.

After they both leave, disaster strikes! When their bags get mixed up, Violet thinks Pooch's vacation will be miserable. But Pooch the dog is having a grand old time, so

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Overview

Meet Violet. She's going on vacation to sunny Florida. She packed her bag very carefully.

Meet Pooch. He's going on vacation to Grandpa's snowy farm. Violet packed his bag very carefully, too.

After they both leave, disaster strikes! When their bags get mixed up, Violet thinks Pooch's vacation will be miserable. But Pooch the dog is having a grand old time, so all is very well!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A small girl's world is upended several times in this emotionally observant story from Cocca-Leffler (Princess Kim and Too Much Truth). First, Violet is upset that her beloved dog, Pooch, can't accompany the family to Florida on vacation, and will instead be staying at her grandfather's farm. Then, during the trip, Violet is horrified to discover that her special bag (with her dog, crayons, and books) has been swapped with Pooch's bag (containing his leash, food, ball, and stuffed "Fluffy Cat"). "This is horrible!" Violet wails. "While I was playing... Pooch was bored! While I was with my new friend... Pooch was lonely! While I was eating... Pooch was starving!" A quick call to Grandpa offers yet one more surprise: Pooch is doing fine, making a new friend, sleeping without Fluffy Cat's help, and enjoying some homemade beef stew. Cocca-Leffer's gouache cartoons, accented with fabric elements, capture Violet's emotional swings with empathy and humor; compassion and love for Pooch dominate Violet's thinking, and the story celebrates those qualities while offering a gentle reality check. Ages 4-7.
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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Violet is going on vacation. She packs two bags. In the first one she places her doll, Molly, crayons, drawing paper, and her favorite books. The second bag for her dog, Pooch, contains a leash, dog food, a red ball, and a stuffed cat. They are ready to go out the door when Mommy tells Violet that Pooch cannot go to Florida. He is vacationing on Grandpa's farm. Violet gives Grandpa all sorts of instructions before he takes off with Pooch. Violet loves Florida. She plays in the pool; she meets a new friend; and she eats exciting foods. After a walk on the beach, she snuggles into her fancy bed and unpacks her bag. Molly is not there. Fluffy Cat is there. The bags were switched. Violet is distraught thinking of Pooch's miserable day without his favorite things. When her mom hears about the mix-up, she suggests they call Grandpa. Violet is surprised to find out that Pooch also had a great day. He played in the field, ate Grandpa's homemade stew; and now he is sleeping with Molly. A contented Violet snuggles up to Fluffy Cat and drifts off to sleep. The illustrations depict Violet as a happy, vivacious child and show a clear contrast between snowy weather at home and sunny Florida. A fun book for story time sharing. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Violet has packed two identical-looking bags. One will be going to Grandpa's farm with her dog and the other will be traveling with her to Florida. The bags hold items that ensure that both of them have a fun trip. Violet worries, though, when she realizes that she mixed up the bags. After Grandpa describes Pooch's adventures, she is reassured that her pet is happy, and they are able to enjoy their vacations because they feel loved. Cocca-Leffler's gouache and fabric collage illustrations focus on the relationship between a young girl and her pet. The split-page format that appears on several of the spreads allows readers to see each character on vacation.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
In this small-enough-to-pack storybook, Violet and her dog, Pooch, take separate vacations: Violet to the beach, Pooch to Grandpa's farm. In a scene children will recognize, they each prepare a bag. Violet packs her doll Molly and crayons; Pooch, his stuffed Fluffy Cat and red ball. Violet worries that Pooch will miss her, although when she arrives at the beach, bright gouache-and–fabric-collage illustrations show that she's happily distracted, playing, walking and dining. With a turn of the page, the action comes to a halt. In a full-page spread, readers see Violet in bed pulling Fluffy Cat instead of Molly from her bag. The guilt sets in. Violet's crisis is well-placed, and what follows is her rapid, emotional recap of her activities contrasted with what she imagines Pooch must have suffered, bored and lonely, concluding with, "While I was having FUN, Pooch was MISERABLE!" Mom suggests a phone call to Grandpa. At first nonplussed when Grandpa tells her that Pooch has had a busy day, too, she is reassured when she learns that Pooch is sleeping with Molly--and remembers that she has Fluffy Cat--making their connection tangible and secure. Cocca-Leffler knows children inside and out. Pitch-perfect, well-paced and with a conclusion that will leave children deeply satisfied, this is a book to be shared before any kind of separation and just for fun. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805091069
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
02/19/2013
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
917,615
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 6.27(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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