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The Outside Dog (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Outside Dog (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Charlotte Pomerantz, Jennifer Plecas (Illustrator)

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Readers with controlled sentence length and vocabulary covering fun subjects for kids who are reading on their own.


Readers with controlled sentence length and vocabulary covering fun subjects for kids who are reading on their own.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Grandfather never lets Marisol pet stray dogs. When Marisol finds Pancho, she not only pets him, she is determined to keep him. Beginning readers will cheer as Marisol gently persuades Grandfather to give this outside dog a home. Set in Puerto Rico, this heartwarming story includes a few Spanish words and a glossary to define them. A book and tape set is available, as is a study guide from Learning Works. 1995 (orig.
Ilene Cooper
This engaging story is a perfect example of what an easy reader can be when thought and heart are put into the story. Living in a Puerto Rican village, Marisol wants a dog, even though her grandfather, with whom she lives, says that dogs have fleas and ticks and who knows what else. Many stray dogs run on the hillside, but a skinny brown one catches Marisol's eye. At first she asks just to pat the dog, and Grandfather reluctantly agrees. Then, little by little, with prodding by Marisol, Grandfather comes to accept the dog's presence; the mutt gets some scraps, then a flea collar, then a name, and eventually, to Grandfather's surprise (he's not quite sure how it happened), a home. One of the best things about this is the story's subtext. Unlike most easy readers, not everything is spelled out in the story, and kids will have to make connections, the very thing that will increase their reading ability. Some Spanish words and phrases (defined at the beginning of the book) also deepen the story. But most importantly, this is lively, fun, and filled with pen-and-watercolor art that captures the affection that binds this new family.

Product Details

Turtleback Books
Publication date:
I Can Read Book 3 Series
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
410L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Charlotte Pomerantz was born in New York City, where she still lives. Among her many popular books for children are Mangaboom, illustrated by Anita Lobel; Here Comes Henny (based on the wordplay of James Joyce), illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker; Halfway to Your House, illustrated by Gabrielle Vincent; Flap Your Wings and Try and All Asleep, illustrated by Nancy Tafuri; and Posy, illustrated by Catherine Stock (a Christopher Award book).

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