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Children's LiteratureThe farmer's dog, first introduced in The Farmer's Garden, goes into the forest for a new adventure. Once there, he talks in poetic verse with a number of woodland animals as well as the trail on which he walks, the grass in which he rolls, and the brook in which he swims. The poems are all set up in a question/answer format that is easy for young readers to follow; the variety of poems provides humor—"Brook, Brook, where do you flow?/Between my banks wherever they go./I could jump across, I bet./If you miss you'll get all wet!"—and occasionally, a touch of seriousness. The two-voice poems remind me vividly of Paul Fleischman's Newbery winning Joyful Noise. The illustrations are dense in composition and fit the forest theme exceptionally well. Children will appreciate the detail in the animal faces and the general energy on the pages. Young readers will enjoy the book because they will be able to read it easily. A good choice for dog lovers. 2005, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 5 to 8.
—Jean Boreen, Ph.D.