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Little Dog and Duncan

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The endearing characters from Little Dog Poems are back—and this time the little girl and her little dog have a very large overnight visitor. Duncan is so big that he plays fetch with a log instead of a stick, his head alone fills Little Dog’s bed, and he takes up way more than his share of the backseat. But even though he and Little Dog are very different, they have lots in common, too—both love cookies and scratches and mud and mischief. Thirty short, playful poems, narrated by the little girl and illustrated ...

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Overview

The endearing characters from Little Dog Poems are back—and this time the little girl and her little dog have a very large overnight visitor. Duncan is so big that he plays fetch with a log instead of a stick, his head alone fills Little Dog’s bed, and he takes up way more than his share of the backseat. But even though he and Little Dog are very different, they have lots in common, too—both love cookies and scratches and mud and mischief. Thirty short, playful poems, narrated by the little girl and illustrated with delicate watercolors, affectionately observe the contrasting canines and are an appealing introduction to poetry for very young readers.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Glowing with warmth and gentle humor...makes a great choice for reading aloud, or for quiet sharing while children are snuggled up with their favorite pet or stuffed pooch." School Library Journal, Starred

The author and artist of Little Dog Poems reunite with this equally pleasing book of poetry for both young listeners and new readers. . . . They record the action with charming sincerity underlined by gentle humor.
Booklist, ALA

"George has a winning way of conveying much feeling in few words. Otani is at top form… delightfully illustrated." Riverbank Review

Esme Raji Codell
My English teacher used to tell me that a real poet uses the smallest number of words to say the biggest things. In which case, Kristine O'Connell George is the master. The quiet brilliance of Little Dog Poems is followed up this season with Little Dog and Duncan, in which a large and lolloping new friend is welcomed for an overnight stay. "Duncan is a digger./ Little Dog is a digger./ That's how they met/ mud." Besides being a tender and observant ode to canine life, O'Connell's natural, almost conversational free verse surreptitiously shows children what a poem can be. The unpretentious paintings are as well suited to the text as Duncan is to Little Dog, complimenting the poems without upstaging them. Both Little Dog books ring with a big gladness for little things. Copyright 2002
PlanetEsme.com
Kathleen Odean
As the title of the first poem conveys, "Big News" is afoot at the home of Little Dog. He's having a visitor: Duncan, a scruffy dog larger than Little Dog and the girl he lives with. Elegantly simple, short poems and appealing watercolors capture the excitement of the fun and friendship the dogs share and the slight tensions that spring from their different sizes.
Publishers Weekly
A big dog comes to visit in Little Dog and Duncan by Kristine O'Connell George, illus. by June Otani. This companion volume to Little Dog Poems chronicles what happens when the titular pups share quarters, with poems like "Mud," "Homesick" and "No Fair!" Otani's bare bones watercolors portray the girl narrator and the goings-on about the house. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-The star of Little Dog Poems (Clarion, 1999) discovers the give and take of friendship when an enormous Irish wolfhound comes to spend the night. A series of simply worded, evocatively illustrated poems tell an inviting tale of two canines, one gigantic and one petite, as they enthusiastically greet one another, carefully work out territorial issues, roughhouse, and vie for the attention of Little Dog's young owner. In the end, Little Dog is sad to see Duncan go home, and finds reassurance in the arms of the little girl. George has a real knack for choosing ordinary moments and describing them in accessible yet lyrical language, transforming the mundane into the magical. The poems have been pared down and polished to perfection; although written in free verse, they have the elegance and quiet eloquence of haiku. Otani's watercolor paintings are filled with personality and charm. The use of white space or very understated backgrounds keeps the focus on the interaction between the characters, whose expressions and body language echo the emotional nuances of each selection. Glowing with warmth and gentle humor, this book makes a great choice for reading aloud, or for quiet sharing while children are snuggled up with their favorite pet or stuffed pooch.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618117581
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 613,075
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristine O'Connell George, one of the principal voices in contemporary children's poetry, has received the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award and the Promising Poet Award. She lives with her family in Agoura, California.

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