Poodle and Hound

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Opposites attract

Acclaimed author Kathryn Lasky explores the nature of friendship in three delightful stories for beginning readers.

Creative, impulsive Poodle and loyal, dependable Hound are an unexpected pair. Together they star gaze, plant a garden and prove that two very different individuals can not only be compatible, they can complement and help one another.

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Opposites attract

Acclaimed author Kathryn Lasky explores the nature of friendship in three delightful stories for beginning readers.

Creative, impulsive Poodle and loyal, dependable Hound are an unexpected pair. Together they star gaze, plant a garden and prove that two very different individuals can not only be compatible, they can complement and help one another.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
Poodle and Hound are very good friends. They have some things they like that are the same such as having tea and eating cookies. But mostly they are different and do not have similar ideas. This delightful book consists of three short stories about the two friends. In the first story Poodle pampers herself with getting her fur done. She thinks she looks elegant but no one seems to notice. However, when she returns home she is surprised at Hound's reaction to how she looks! During the second story Hound is busy viewing the stars through a telescope and writing down facts. He is annoyed by Poodle's constant interruptions. But then she tells a very interesting story about the Moon and the Sea of Tranquility. In the last story the two friends want to make a garden. One wants to plant vegetables, the other one flowers. They cannot see eye to eye until Poodle does some research on how they can plant both and help each other. As a result, the garden blossoms and produces many vegetables. The beautiful and funny illustrations in the story help children to see how Poodle and Hound get things worked out. They will learn how two friends who are unalike can still get along and celebrate each other's differences. Teachers could use this book in their classroom to teach diversity and getting along with each other. Reviewer: Cathi I. White
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4–This early chapter book consists of three stories. In the first, Poodle goes to the beauty salon to have her fur done and is pleased with the results. She does not think Hound will appreciate her beauty, so she has a lonely tea at the Ritz and waits to be admired. When she returns home, Hound does notice and wisely tells her, “Nothing is ever wasted on a friend.” Next, Hound is counting the stars and comparing the brightness of the planets when Poodle appears and distracts him. Finally, he puts aside his telescope and listens to her story of snakes and monsters on the moon. They spend the rest of the night “whispering of stars and moons and planets with strange rings.” In the final story, Hound is planting a vegetable garden. They learn about bugs from Poodle’s library book, and by planting flowers that attract the good ones, Hound has the best garden ever. If Poodle is bossy, often bored, and more than a little vain, Hound makes allowances. Illustrations in watercolor and pen show a feminine poufy white poodle and a “not exactly pretty” Hound going about their activities and clearly enjoying one another’s company. Reluctant readers will be part of the larger audience who will enjoy these adventures.–Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
Kirkus Reviews
Friends Poodle and Hound learn to understand each other in three related short stories for new readers. At first, Poodle seems self-absorbed and overly concerned with her looks, but she ends up showing she's got a lot more on her mind. The first story, which lacks the clear plot of the others, might cause a new reader to give up, revolving as it does around the alarmed looks of a pair of corgis when a newly coiffed Poodle talks to herself in a restaurant. In the second, Hound loves to stargaze and wishes Poodle would stop distracting him from his calculations, but when she spins a fantastic tale about the moon and Saturn, Hound finds a new appreciation for her intelligence. In the last story, Poodle proves herself again when Hound is planting a vegetable garden and is not interested in planting flowers. Poodle uses her wits to plan a surprise attack on bugs that might attack the veggies and ends up with what she wanted all along. Vane's humorous watercolors, especially Poodle's creative outfits, add some depth to these stories, but they lack spark. (Early reader. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580893220
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn Lasky is the acclaimed author of dozens of books for young readers, including TUMBLE BUNNIES (Candlewick), HATCHLING (Scholastic), and SUGARING TIME (Macmillan), a Newbery Honor Book. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

For more information, visit www.kathrynlasky.com.

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  • Posted July 10, 2009

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    Most of us remember the line "Friendship, friendship, just the perfect blendship." And, quite often blending, compromising even when two are quite different, is what friendship is all about. That's the case with Poodle and Hound who are the best of pals.
    Poodle is the epitome of femininity; she loves pom-poms in her hair, a fluffy topknot, and to have her ears and feet prettified at the beauty salon. In fact, she's so pleased with the her appearance after a treatment that she stops in at the Ritz for tea. She wants to be seen and just knows Hound will never notice how nice she looks. Well, the tea is fine and the cookies are yummy but she misses Hound, so she goes on home.
    Once there, she's in for a surprise.
    The two also differ when it comes to what to do at night. Hound loves to study the starry sky and Poodle is a bit miffed that there's only one telescope so she could see the planets, too. Hound really, really doesn't want to be distracted, but Poodle wants to be with him, so what does she do?
    One thing they agree on is having a garden. But, wouldn't you know - Poodle want flowers and Hound wants vegetables. How can they reach a compromise? True friendship always finds a way. And that's the lesson young readers will learn as they smile at the conversations the two pals have and laugh at Mitch Vane's comical illustrations.
    - Gail Cooke

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