Hog and Dog

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Hog and Dog play tag.
Hog zigs.
Dog zags.
Two friends, a hog and a dog, are good at some sports and bad at others. They cheer each other on no matter what, and they finally find a game they can both enjoy together!

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Hog and Dog play tag.
Hog zigs.
Dog zags.
Two friends, a hog and a dog, are good at some sports and bad at others. They cheer each other on no matter what, and they finally find a game they can both enjoy together!

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Hog and Dog are bosom friends who share in all sorts of active pursuits. They cheer for one another as they each engage in their favorite sports. They participate together in games of leap frog, swim races, and tag. When one zigs, the other zags. Their friendship is tested, however, when Hog accuses Dog of peeking during a game of hide and seek. Dog feels sad, and Hog feels bad. To remedy the situation, Hog turns to yet another game and invites his pal to join him in a match of ping-pong. That does the trick, and the two remain in good company. This leveled reader, step one in the "Step Into Reading" series, is designed for readers who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading. It features big type and easy words, rhyme and rhythm, and picture clues that aid in comprehension. The brightly hued illustrations are simple without being simplistic, and the facial expressions of the characters reflect a variety of emotions—from unadulterated joy to anger to loneliness to contentment. The text and pictures work in tandem to create a tale that is both humorous and effective in depicting the complex emotions inherent in the maintenance of a good friendship. Great fun. 2005, Random House, and Ages 3 to 6.
—Wendy Glenn, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
Two friends play a variety of games, have a falling-out and make up over ping-pong in this earliest of readers. Rarely exceeding four words to the spread, the text, such as it is, is made up of terse phrases that sometimes achieve the status of sentence. Rhyming is a key feature-hence the introduction of the almost certainly new vocabulary word, "Hog," to name the pink critter most readers will recognize as "Pig"-a phonics technique that sits pedagogically well with the audience. Harris's bright and cheery illustrations work hard to extend the minimalist text, depicting "Ball hog" as he maneuvers on the soccer field and "Tall dog" in a slam-dunk. There is little nuance available, however; the characters either grin vacantly or frown sadly, after Hog catches Dog cheating at hide-and-seek, creating a rift in the friendship. The whole is agreeable enough, and certainly serviceable, but lacks the sly humor, character development and narrative strength of David Milgrim's Otto and Pip stories-an argument, perhaps, for purchasing extra copies of these latter-day masterpieces and bypassing this offering. (Easy reader. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375831652
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/22/2005
  • Series: Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 1 Book
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 301,163
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.13 (d)

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    Hog and Dog

    My 2 yr old daughter LOVES this book. I have bought 3 of these to keep at home and at the grandparents. She loves the pictures and the story. Very cute to read to her.

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