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Children's LiteratureHog 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.