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Daisy 1, 2, 3

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The twenty Dalmatians in Mrs. Tuttle's obedience class each know who they are — and so does clever Mrs. Tuttle.
Her assistant, Doris, doesn't have a clue.
Do you?

This kid-friendly companion to "Matthew A. B. C." features the resourceful Mrs. Tuttle who is teaching a dog obedience class with 20 Dalmatians that are all named Daisy. But Mrs. Tuttle finds clever ...

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Overview

The twenty Dalmatians in Mrs. Tuttle's obedience class each know who they are — and so does clever Mrs. Tuttle.
Her assistant, Doris, doesn't have a clue.
Do you?

This kid-friendly companion to "Matthew A. B. C." features the resourceful Mrs. Tuttle who is teaching a dog obedience class with 20 Dalmatians that are all named Daisy. But Mrs. Tuttle finds clever ways to keep the dogs in numerical order.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This time around, Mrs. Tuttle, after tracking 26 Matthews in Matthew A.B.C., has 20 Dalmatians named Daisy to keep straight in Daisy 1,2,3 by Peter Catalanotto. Here the teacher explains to her assistant Doris just how she charts the progress of each puppy in her weekly obedience class. The artwork depicts each pooch at its zaniest, with Daisy 4 able to perform at least one Copperfield-worthy magic trick and Daisy 9 looking very Jackie O in oversize sunglasses, surrounded by a bulldog security detail. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
There are 20 Dalmatians in Mrs. Tuttle's training class, and they are all named Daisy. How can she tell them apart? Easily, as it turns out. Each dog has a unique characteristic, such as "one peculiar spot," "two name tags," three musical instruments, etc. Young children will enjoy the lively illustrations of Dalmatians doing tricks, wearing pink slippers, hoarding chew toys, and engaging in a variety of other silly activities. But as a counting book, meant to help preschoolers learn numbers, this book seems rather complex and, in places, quite obscure. For example, where should the reader look for twelve things to count on the Dalmatian dressed as Cinderella? And some children may find the reclining Dalmatian wearing blue eye shadow and red toenail polish somewhat creepy. Amusing as this book is, it will probably not be the well-thumbed counting book that parents and children reach for again and again. 2003, Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon and Schuster, Ages 4 to 6.
— Barbara Carroll Roberts
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A companion volume to Matthew A. B. C. (Atheneum, 2002), this is a counting book with a clever joke at the end. Mrs. Tuttle runs a dog obedience class and has 20 Dalmatians to teach-all named Daisy. Catalanotto's watercolor illustrations show each dog, page by page, as she and her unique characteristics are described. Daisy 3 plays three instruments; Daisy 4 does four tricks, etc. All of the canines exude winning personalities in their eyes and smiles, and their attire ranges from swimming goggles and flippers to Cinderella's glass slippers. For libraries that never seem to have enough counting books, this is a solid choice.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Children who, like the Count on Sesame Street, "looooove to count" will be delighted with this companion to Matthew ABC (2002). The 20 Dalmatians in Mrs. Tuttle's obedience school are all named "Daisy," but she has no trouble telling them apart. As she explains to a befuddled assistant, "Daisy 1 has one peculiar spot, Daisy 2 wears two name tags, Daisy 3 plays three instruments," and so on, getting sillier as it goes, up to Daisy 20, who "fools twenty fleas" into infesting a hand puppet. Each Daisy radiates bright-eyed, cheery energy in Catalanotto's cartoonish scenes, and even younger children will have no trouble picking out, and toting up, each dog's distinguishing feature or activity. The Daisys gather for a group portrait at the end, and Mrs. Tuttle makes a lame but giggle-inducing joke about how they all have their "spots." A sure cure for numeral narcosis. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689854576
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.34 (w) x 10.48 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Catalanotto has written fifteen books for children, including Monkey & Robot, More of Monkey & Robot, Question Boy Meets Little Miss Know-It-All, Ivan the Terrier, Matthew A.B.C., and Emily’s Art, of which School Library Journal said in a starred review, “Whether viewed from afar or up close, this creative and heartfelt book is a masterpiece.” Peter has illustrated more than forty books. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Peter Catalanotto has written fifteen books for children, including Monkey & Robot, More of Monkey & Robot, Question Boy Meets Little Miss Know-It-All, Ivan the Terrier, Matthew A.B.C., and Emily’s Art, of which School Library Journal said in a starred review, “Whether viewed from afar or up close, this creative and heartfelt book is a masterpiece.” Peter has illustrated more than forty books. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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