Dear Hot Dog

Dear Hot Dog

by Mordicai Gerstein
     
 

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Whether it’s slurping up spaghetti or catching some sun at the beach, the everyday wonders celebrated in this collection of poems will appeal to young readers.

Cleverly crafted by Mordicai Gerstein, Dear Hot Dog follows three friends from the time they wake up and brush their teeth to when they snuggle up for bed with their favorite stuffed animal.

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Whether it’s slurping up spaghetti or catching some sun at the beach, the everyday wonders celebrated in this collection of poems will appeal to young readers.

Cleverly crafted by Mordicai Gerstein, Dear Hot Dog follows three friends from the time they wake up and brush their teeth to when they snuggle up for bed with their favorite stuffed animal. In between playing outside, making crafts, eating their favorite treats, and reading, together they delight in the adventure and magic that each day brings. Gerstein’s vibrant illustrations and lighthearted verse make Dear Hot Dog a great introduction to poetry for young readers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Two-time Caldecott Medalist Gerstein praises life's simple joys and unsung objects in poems and loosely rendered acrylics, as the trio of speakers in his poems lovingly personify their subjects. In one, a girl looks sadly at her toes, lamenting: Toes:/ We've become strangers/ this winter./ I almost never/ see you." When the same child later licks a melting ice-cream cone, she announces, "I hold you high/ against the sky/ like Liberty's torch." Gerstein's keen observations and unrhymed phrases offer a window into a world in which autumn leaves fall "to the ground/ like a blanket of colorful,/ crispy cornflakes," and a toothbrush has a foamy, gargling life of its own. Ages 3�7. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Unrhymed poetry and pictures celebrate various objects with which kids interact such as a toothbrush, toes, leaves, and a hot dog. Two boys and a girl are shown as friends. In "PANTS" it says in part, "I hear your buttons clicking in the dryer. You emerge, limp and lifeless, till I slip my legs inside you. You're alive again!" The picture shows an African American boy in blue jeans standing upside down on his hands. The poem "AIR" relates, "Wind is air that's going somewhere; it musses your hair, and whistles in your ears." The picture is of a red headed girl running with a fish kite flying in the air. In "SPAGHETTI" the three friends twirl spaghetti around forks. The verse states that, "Even though you look like worms you're nothing like them." The colored pictures and text are intertwined. Kids will enjoy the fanciful word pictures and colorful illustrations. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—These poems look at everyday things like socks and leaves through the eyes of three youngsters. Both evocative and childlike, "Hot Dog" has a wonderful image of a frankfurter "snug as a puppy in your bready bun. I love you." "Ice-Cream Cone" explores the senses of touch and taste as a girl savors every last bit of the melting confection. In a final twist, she gives the cone to her little brother: "He likes them./I don't," making the verse seem to be the authentic voice of a child. The full-color and black-line illustrations on mostly white backgrounds are energetic and show children in poses that belong only to the young. They support the verses beautifully, although one slightly misses the mark. "Summer Sun" takes place at a pool, but the children appear to be seaside. As with many collections, not all of the poems are equally strong. Nevertheless, this book is lovely overall. Because the topics are concrete, it is a great tool for teaching poetry.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810997325
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Edition description:
1
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
335,975
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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