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Job Wanted
     

Job Wanted

by Teresa Bateman, Chris Sheban (Illustrator)
 

A sorry-looking hound plods up to a farmer to ask for a job. “Dogs just eat and don’t give anything back,” the farmer gripes. Most animals would be on their way, but this dog dreams up a plucky plan. Why not try to pass himself off as a cow?

An old farm dog proves he can learn plenty of new tricks in this perfect read-aloud.

Overview

A sorry-looking hound plods up to a farmer to ask for a job. “Dogs just eat and don’t give anything back,” the farmer gripes. Most animals would be on their way, but this dog dreams up a plucky plan. Why not try to pass himself off as a cow?

An old farm dog proves he can learn plenty of new tricks in this perfect read-aloud.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Treadway
A clever dog tries to win the favor of a farmer by helping with cows, horses, plowing, chickens, and even scaring a fox away. Each time the farmer is not convinced he needs to hire the dog. Each time he is turned away, the dog has another plan and promptly shows up for work before dawn the next day. Every chore with each animal yields a tremendous result: the farmer is able to complete his chores “in jig time.” Again and again, however, the farmer tells the forlorn dog the same thing. Actual cows, horses, and chickens fill all positions on the farm. Children already know what will happen (and why) as they turn pages in this endearing story. Delightful text accompanies warm watercolor illustrations detailed with graphite and colored pencil to promote their budding relationship and move readers to a welcome resolution. A dear farmer who didn’t think he had a job opening at all handsomely rewards the dog’s persistence in the end. Thus, the dog's disappointment was met with big-hearted determination, not utter discouragement or despair. What a terrific life lesson for youngsters in dealing with a number of challenges or even difficult bumps along the way. The dog's loyalty and faithfulness are also lovingly championed as the farmer declares his chores would be finished “in jig time.” No need to rush through this fine read-aloud. Savor every moment with young readers to be cherished over and over again. Reviewer: Susan Treadway; Ages 4 to 7.
School Library Journal
09/01/2015
PreS-Gr 2—A scruffy dog wanders along a dirt road looking for a home. When he reaches a farm, he does not hesitate to ask the farmer if he is in need of a dog. The farmer quickly replies that indeed he does not. Determined, the courageous canine sets out to prove to the farmer his great worth. He herds the cows, entices the horses, and cleans the hen house, providing the headstrong farmer with much-needed time for rest. However, it is what the dog does when a predatory visitor arrives that makes the farmer realize how much he really is in need of a dog. This endearing story of a down-on-his-luck pooch who will not give up is both inspiring and entertaining. Children will be eager to discover how the dog will convince the farmer that he is a valuable animal, too. Set on a bucolic farm replete with rolling hills, plowed fields, and post and rail fences, the story and illustrations will take readers along on the main character's quest for warmth, food, shelter, and a place to belong. Done in muted shades of yellows, greens, reds, and grays with watercolor, graphite, and colored pencil, the illustrations complement the story nicely, adding emotion to the characters' experiences. The expressions on each character's face allow young readers to see and understand what each character is feeling. VERDICT A heartwarming tale that primary grade students will enjoy hearing.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE
Kirkus Reviews
2015-07-15
A scrawny but intelligent hound dog finds a home on a farm by winning over the reluctant farmer. The hound asks the farmer if he needs a dog, but the man is reluctant to take on a dog, saying that dogs don't earn their keep. The wily hound pretends to audition for a farm job as a horse, a cow, and a chicken, finding ways to help with each group of animals so that the entire farm operation improves its efficiency. After cleaning out the henhouse, the dog beds down for the night next to the hens, and it's his burst of loud barking that prevents a fox from stealing eggs or chickens. The farmer finally realizes the value of a good farm dog and offers the hound a home and a job. The dog's creative ploys and the physical humor resulting from his schemes propel the story to the satisfying, conclusive hug. Evocative illustrations in watercolor and colored pencil use a muted palette that suits the sad, earnest demeanor of the homeless dog trying to make a place for himself. The farmer wears glasses, but his eyes don't show within the eyeglass frames, perhaps indicating a man who can't see the value of a good thing right in front of his eyes. Humorous, with a bittersweet edge. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823433919
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
07/30/2015
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
156,533
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Teresa Bateman has won both the Storytelling World Award and the Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award. Her books include Traveling Tom and the Leprechaun, which Booklist called "an enjoyable tale, touched with wit and irony." She lives in Tacoma, Washington.

Chris Sheban has been awarded three Gold and three Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators. The New York Times Book Review has written, "Sheban's golden pictures, done with watercolors and Prismacolor pencils, give off a dreamlike glow." He lives near Chicago.

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