Carl and the Puppies

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Mama Dog needs a rest. Carl offers to watch her puppies. Will he be able to keep three playful puppies out of trouble?

     Alexandra Day’s beloved babysitter, Carl the dog, stars in this brand-new story created especially for beginning readers.

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Overview

Mama Dog needs a rest. Carl offers to watch her puppies. Will he be able to keep three playful puppies out of trouble?

     Alexandra Day’s beloved babysitter, Carl the dog, stars in this brand-new story created especially for beginning readers.

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"The illustrations realistically show a trio of playful puppies and of course everyone's favorite dog, Carl."

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"The illustrations realistically show a trio of playful puppies and of course everyone's favorite dog, Carl."

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Carl decides to give Mama Dog a break and let her take a nap. She is tired, because her three little puppies—Pete, Polly and Molly—seem to be full of energy. That comes across pretty clearly as Carl takes the puppies out for a walk. They are inquisitive and want to check out the flowers and butterflies. Pete even finds a skateboard and gives it a try. When Molly finds a frog they are all in for a surprise. Polly likes to play hide-and seek and Pete gets himself caught in a fence when he spies a red ball on the other side. The puppies run and tumble, but finally they wear themselves out and hop on Carl's back for a ride home. Mama is rested and takes over while Carl decides that he needs a nap. The illustrations realistically show a trio of playful puppies and of course everyone's favorite dog, Carl. A Level 1 book in the "My Readers" series. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312624835
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Series: My Readers: Level 1 Series
  • Edition description: STRIPPABLE
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 276,492
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: 180L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexandra Day is the pseudonym for Sandra Louise Woodward Darling. She is the author of Good Dog, Carl and the rest of the beloved Carl books, including Carl Goes Shopping, Carl’s Christmas, Carl’s Birthday and Carl’s Snowy Afternoon. Darling was born in 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to a large and close-knit family. Painting was a popular family recreation, and almost every family excursion included one or more easels and a variety of sketch pads, chalks, paints, and pencils. For four years, the family lived on a hundred-acre farm in Kentucky. Here young Sandra grew especially fond of riding and training horses, and became a dog owner for the first time. Living in the country also provided plenty of time for reading, a life-long passion.

 

Sandra illustrated her first book in 1983: The Teddy Bears' Picnic, a popular children's song by Jimmy Kennedy. That same year, she was visiting Zurich, Switzerland, when she came across a volume of old German picture sheets, one of which featured a poodle playing with a baby who was supposed to be taking a nap. This image proved the inspiration for Good Dog, Carl. The Darlings' own dog, a Rottweiler named Toby, was the model for the book's main character. Since then, two other Darling Rottweilers have posed as Carl in the seven sequels: the late Arambarri, who was named for one of the Darlings' favorite jai alai players; and Zabala, who currently moonlights as an Our Best Friend therapy dog, visiting hospitals to cheer patients.

 

About her work Sandra says: "I think that one of the reasons my illustrations have appealed to people is that they can sense my sincerity. I know that marvels exist which are just outside our ordinary experience, but that at any moment we may turn a corner and encounter one of them. Children also believe this, and because they and I have this conviction in common, we, as creator and audience, make good partners." Sandra lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, Harold.

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