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Carl and the Sick Puppy

Carl and the Sick Puppy

by Alexandra Day

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Taking care of a sick child is not easy, and it's no different for Carl. When he agrees to care for Daddy Dog's sick puppy, Carl is run ragged by Puppy's demands.


Taking care of a sick child is not easy, and it's no different for Carl. When he agrees to care for Daddy Dog's sick puppy, Carl is run ragged by Puppy's demands.

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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Daddy Dog needs Carl's help. One of his puppies is sick and he wants to take the others on a walk. Carl agrees to tend to the ailing puppy. He brings him water to drink, a snack to eat, and an electric fan (complete with an extension cord attached) to cool him down. When the puppy gets too cold, Carl brings him a blanket and when he says he is bored, Carl brings a toy. Carl pulls a mattress into the area and he and the puppy are taking a nap when Daddy Dog and the other puppies return. The formerly sick puppy announces he feels much better and asks Carl to take him for a walk. The first page of the book includes descriptions of Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Readers and provides suggestions for using the books with children. There is no indication in the review copy of the level category of this particular title. A website for activities and additional reading tips is listed. Part of the "My Readers" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.

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Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Alexandra Day is the author and illustrator of a dozen books in the celebrated Carl series. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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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