The Christmas Pups

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On an icy December night, three puppies are rescued from the side of the road and taken to an animal shelter. Ruff and Tuff have a plan to ensure that their sister, Penny, finds a home for Christmas, even if they can't. But with the help of an older dog named Brownie, the puppies learn the true meaning of Christmas...and find a home for all four of them just in time.

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Overview

On an icy December night, three puppies are rescued from the side of the road and taken to an animal shelter. Ruff and Tuff have a plan to ensure that their sister, Penny, finds a home for Christmas, even if they can't. But with the help of an older dog named Brownie, the puppies learn the true meaning of Christmas...and find a home for all four of them just in time.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
On a rainy, cold night, Ruff, Tuff, and Penny huddle in a box by the side of the road. The three adorable pups have been abandoned in the dark. But soon a kind person rescues them and takes them to the shelter. It's a warm place with food to eat and a dog named Brownie who tells them about Christmas. Ruff and Tuff conclude they can help their sister Penny find a Christmas home. To do so, they form a plan. They decide to be bad when people look at them so people will like Penny best. However, after a day of waiting no one selects any of them. When all seems lost, a family with three children, two boys and a girl shows up and the pups are finally selected and can stay together. Hope, friendship, sacrifice and love are some of the themes presented. This delightful Christmas story offers just the right amount of tension for young readers and hands them a satisfying ending. The different personalities of the pups and the children make the tale one with which all children can identify. Colorful illustrations add to the warmth to the story that will stand up as one to be read and enjoyed from year to year. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—After three puppies are abandoned at the side of the road, they are taken to a shelter, where an older dog named Brownie takes them under his wing and tells them that it's Christmas, a prime time to adopt puppies, although not older dogs. Luckily, a family adopts all three of them and Brownie as well. The happy ending is cozy, though the plot is flimsy, and while the illustrations of the dogs are cute, the depictions of people are stiff and cartoony.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

Puppies are abandoned, rescued and adopted in this predictable holiday story that features dogs that can think and talk to each other with a human level of communication.

The three talking puppies are a protective pair of brothers, Ruff and Tuff, and their shy sister, Penny. At the animal shelter they befriend an older gray dog, Brownie, who advises the brothers to act wild and naughty whenever prospective owners arrive so that their sister will find a home first. A family with two older sons and a younger sister comes to the shelter on Christmas Eve, and the little girl picks the quieter female puppy. But—surprise!—the boys want the male puppies, and the parents like the more mature, older dog, so they all go home together to the family farm. (Adult readers will have to suspend disbelief that a shelter would allow one family to take home four dogs at once.) The story is unobjectionable but unexceptional, and the Christmas setting doesn't elevate it from the ordinary acquiring-a-pet story. The large-format illustrations of the dogs are appealing, but there is a problem in differentiation among the puppies, as two have similar coloring.

This trio of pups tries to please but fails to deliver any holiday magic.(Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807511602
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,313,721
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Teresa Bateman is the author of many books for children, including Paul Bunyan vs. Hals Halson: The Giant Lumberjack Challenge!, The Bully Blockers Club and April Foolishness. She is a children's librarian and lives in Washington State.

John Kanzler has been creating illustrations for the children's market for fifteen years. Recent releases include Whose Feet? and Safari Sounds. John and his wife, Diane, a children's book designer, live on an historic old farm in Greenfield, Massachusetts with severl sheep, llamas and cats.

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