Hardworking Puppies

Overview

All puppies grow up to be dogs, but these ten lucky puppies grow up to be dogs with jobs. The story counts down from ten to zero as each puppy pairs up with a hardworking human—a firefighter, a lifeguard, and a clown, among others. But no matter what their duties, these ten puppies get plenty of playtime, treats, and love.

With Lynn Reiser's simple text and colorful illustrations, young readers will enjoy learning about popular canine careers ...

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Overview

All puppies grow up to be dogs, but these ten lucky puppies grow up to be dogs with jobs. The story counts down from ten to zero as each puppy pairs up with a hardworking human—a firefighter, a lifeguard, and a clown, among others. But no matter what their duties, these ten puppies get plenty of playtime, treats, and love.

With Lynn Reiser's simple text and colorful illustrations, young readers will enjoy learning about popular canine careers while also doing some simple subtraction . . . without working very hard at all.

Includes a "Paw Notes" section with interesting information about working dogs as well as simple arithmetic.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Fans of Ten Puppies will welcome 10 Hardworking Puppies by Lynn Reiser, who decide they want jobs and set out to get them. "Along came a firefighter [who] needed a hardworking puppy," and off goes Smoky, the dalmatian. A poodle winds up in the circus, a huskie as a sled driver. A final "Paw Notes" spread discusses working dogs and their importance. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Ten young pups, of various colors, sizes, and breeds, enjoy playing, but then they begin to get bored. They want to do something with their lives. And so, one by one in this countdown book, they find their opportunities. One black-and-white spotted puppy trots off with a firefighter to go to work. A lifeguard takes one puppy for water rescue, and a clown finds a job in the circus for the poodle. One pup becomes a model, another a sled dog, and one friendly pooch becomes a pet therapy volunteer. After one puppy goes along with an airport security officer and another goes with a groundskeeper to be a herder dog, there are only two dogs left. One becomes a guide dog and the last pup waits all alone until a boy who needs a pet takes him home. They all work very hard and, when they are done with their work, once again they play. "Paw Notes" in the back of the book describe the jobs the dogs do. The text is direct, to the point, and offers an interesting look at the lives and jobs of dogs to young kids. 2006, Harcourt, Ages 3 to 7.
—Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this countdown companion to Ten Puppies (HarperCollins, 2003), 10 canines become bored and seek adventure through employment. One by one, each is paired with a human and given a "professional" responsibility-the first becomes a "beginner firefighter puppy" and the last, an "expert pet." In between, readers encounter a therapy puppy and a groundskeeper. On the left-hand page of each spread, those who remain are seen sitting, sleeping, or scratching, with the hint of a new employer (human feet are shown) bringing hope to them. The appropriate numeral appears in an upper corner. On the right, the newly adopted pup is shown in a framed scene, happily obeying a command. The number is spelled out here. On the final spread, the 10 puppies reunite for playtime. "Paw Notes" in the back matter offer additional information on the jobs; a subtraction table is also included. Reiser's crisp, uncluttered, artful illustrations are the result of Sharpie markers, Wite-Out, watercolors, scissors, and other materials. A worthwhile purchase for storytime and as an introduction to subtraction.-Linda Zeilstra Sawyer, Skokie Public Library, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Dogs who work for their living are the theme of this offering illustrated with markers and watercolors in deep, bright shades. Reiser combines ten different types of jobs for working dogs with a text structure that subtracts one puppy from each spread, resulting in a reverse counting format. In addition to the numerals and ordinal numbers, the text introduces the names of ten different occupations, as well as the name of the dog's job and a corresponding adjective that indicates beginner status. The text also uses the proper sentence structure for a beginning subtraction story problem, and the final page expresses the subtraction equations in mathematical terms, so this volume will be useful in kindergarten and first-grade classrooms. The final spread offers more information about each canine job. As an introduction to working dogs and to subtraction, this effort gets the job done. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152054045
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 965,264
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

LYNN REISER is the creator of many highly regarded children's books, including My Dog Truffle, Two Dogs Swimming, and Ten Puppies, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year. She lives in Hamden, Connecticut.

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