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Puppy has a new home with a girl who gives him hugs and treats and tummy rubs. The adorable pup wants his new owner to love him, so he decides he’ll be perfect. He will listen carefully and be a super helper; he will perform tricks and win prizes. However, things don’t always go according to plan, and Puppy gets discouraged. But even when he makes mistakes, he will always be perfect to the girl who loves him.
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Overview

Puppy has a new home with a girl who gives him hugs and treats and tummy rubs. The adorable pup wants his new owner to love him, so he decides he’ll be perfect. He will listen carefully and be a super helper; he will perform tricks and win prizes. However, things don’t always go according to plan, and Puppy gets discouraged. But even when he makes mistakes, he will always be perfect to the girl who loves him.
This warm and funny story is sure to delight and reassure anyone who has ever wanted, and tried, to be perfect.

A little puppy wants to be perfect so that his owner will always love him, and even though he makes mistakes, he learns that he is loved anyway.

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"Anyone who has ever had a pet or strived for perfection without success will enjoy Puppy's amusing tale." School Library Journal

Puppy's hopes, fears, frustrations, and joys make up most of the simple text, which will sensitize youngsters to be understanding, patient trainers of their soon-to-be perfect puppies.
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This book is a delightful read for children and the adults who care for them. It illustrates the trials and joys of caring for a pet and the power of unconditional love. When Puppy finds a home with his girl, he vows to behave perfectly so that his girl will love him. He imagines that he will be house broken, learn tricks and even help around the house. In trying to earn his girl's love, the puppy makes many mistakes. To his dismay, the puppy finds that house training and tricks are not so easy to learn, and when he thinks he is being a helpful "puppy paper shredder," he is actually destroying his girl's homework! Feeling dejected and sure that his girl could not possibly love such an imperfect little puppy, he runs away. To his great surprise the girl ventures out into the rain looking for him. She takes him home, gives him a bath and a treat and the two settle in together while she rewrites her homework. She cuddles him and lavishes praise on him and he knows that to his girl, he really is a perfect puppy. The puppy's first-person narrative makes the story especially endearing, as the puppy often interprets the girl's actions and words inaccurately. The illustrations are delightfully tender and illustrate that perfection is not a requisite for love. The puppy's antics will delight younger children while the story's message will touch adults. 2001, Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin, $15.00. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Bethany Miller Cole
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PreS-Gr 2-Puppy, a newly arrived birthday gift, wants to please his owner so that she will feed him, walk him, rub his belly, and love him. However, when the canine tries to be helpful by being a "paper shredder," he accidentally destroys the young girl's homework. After being reprimanded for this and other misdeeds, the pet decides that being perfect is just too difficult and runs away. When his owner is delighted to find him, even though he looks like a "muddy, drooly, fleabitten mess," he realizes that despite his transgressions, he will always be perfect to her. Yezerski's pastel watercolor cartoon illustrations with dynamic facial expressions work hand in hand with Calmenson's heartwarming story told from the dog's perspective. Anyone who has ever had a pet or strived for perfection without success will enjoy Puppy's amusing tale.-Rachel Fox, Port Washington Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618011391
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/15/2001
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Calmenson has written many popular books for children. Her work has been called "marvelous" by Publishers Weekly, "lyrical" by School Library Journal, and "sweet, funny, and right on the mark" by Booklist. For Clarion, she has written ROSIE: A VISITING DOG'S STORY, which Smithsonian called "one of the outstanding nonfiction titles of the year."; SHAGGY, WAGGY DOGS; PERFECT PUPPY; and most recently, MAY I PET YOUR DOG?: THE HOW-TO GUIDE FOR KIDS MEETING DOGS (AND DOGS MEETING KIDS).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2006

    very true

    My kids recently found this book at the library. My mom(& grandma of 9)just got an 8 week old puppy that looks and acts like the puppy in the book. After my mom read the book to the kids, she said that they were going to have to read it a lot, so I'm ordering it for her. The story is really cute and true in how your life changes with a puppy. A Wonderful Book!

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