City Dog

City Dog

by Karla Kuskin
     
 

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The city dog runs, sniffs, and explores the unfamiliar countryside for the first time.

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The city dog runs, sniffs, and explores the unfamiliar countryside for the first time.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The mixed-meter, rhymed verse is a joy to read aloud and strong enough to stand on its own without illustration. The complete running text of the poem is appended." Booklist, ALA

"A city dog gets a dream holiday in the country, and the reader gets a verbal and visual romp." The New York Times

"A noted poet takes young readers along on a city dog's first trip to the country. The animal barely knows what to do with her freedom-she walks, she barks, she runs with abandon. . . . Kuskin's watercolor-and-ink drawings are childlike and simple. The soft pastel colors, with deeper shadings, add visual impact to the lines. Short portions of the lilting text are set in or beneath each of the illustrations, and are easily visible through the use of large type. . . . Replete with the imagery one has come to expect from Kuskin, this story in verse is a treat." School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A shaggy, energetic pooch, accustomed to sidewalk outings, is thrilled by her first encounter with the countryside. "The capering canine['s] joy is infectious," said PW. Ages 5-8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Sheree van Vreede
City Dog will never be the same. This trip to the country is his first time away from the city. Removed from his familiar surroundings, everything seems fresh and new. It's another world-the countryside is wide and open compared to crowded maze of buildings and streets in the city. Written in verse, Kuskin's poetic text is wonderful to read aloud, and her pictures are filled with the greens and blues found in a languid country setting. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A noted poet takes young readers along on a city dog's first trip to the country. The animal barely knows what to do with her freedom-she walks, she barks, she runs with abandon. She looks for familiar places-the sidewalk corners ``where city dogs mingle and meet,'' but there are no boundaries for her here-``nothing but countryside rolling around.'' Kuskin's watercolor-and-ink drawings are childlike and simple. The soft pastel colors, with deeper shadings, add visual impact to the lines. Short portions of the lilting text are set in or beneath each of the illustrations, and are easily visible through the use of large type. Wide white space frames each picture; the sweeping double pages capture the countryside's vastness. The poem's uninterrupted text appears on the final page. Replete with the imagery one has come to expect from Kuskin, this story in verse is a treat.-Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395900161
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,112,606
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
AD580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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From the Publisher
"The mixed-meter, rhymed verse is a joy to read aloud and strong enough to stand on its own without illustration. The complete running text of the poem is appended." Booklist, ALA

"A city dog gets a dream holiday in the country, and the reader gets a verbal and visual romp." The New York Times

"A noted poet takes young readers along on a city dog's first trip to the country. The animal barely knows what to do with her freedom-she walks, she barks, she runs with abandon. . . . Kuskin's watercolor-and-ink drawings are childlike and simple. The soft pastel colors, with deeper shadings, add visual impact to the lines. Short portions of the lilting text are set in or beneath each of the illustrations, and are easily visible through the use of large type. . . . Replete with the imagery one has come to expect from Kuskin, this story in verse is a treat." School Library Journal

Meet the Author

Karla Kuskin has written over fifty books for children, including the Philharmonic Gets Dressed, Under My Hood I Have a Hat, and Moon, Have You Met My Mother? She is also the winner of the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry, among other honors.

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