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Happiness is a day in the park for this pack of running, joyful canines. They run, chase one another, jump in mud, go for a swim, and dig, dig, dig! Their doggy day becomes even more wonderful when they discover a mother lode of bones! But when some bones magically arrange ...
Happiness is a day in the park for this pack of running, joyful canines. They run, chase one another, jump in mud, go for a swim, and dig, dig, dig! Their doggy day becomes even more wonderful when they discover a mother lode of bones! But when some bones magically arrange themselves as a T-Rex, the dogs find themselves running away from the giant skeleton!
A 2012 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book
A dog set free to run and roam in a dog park uncovers an archeological surprise.
In a manner reminiscent of a Dick and Jane reader, Meisel begins his minimal, patterned text with the simple and repetitive "See me run. / I run and run." Hearing the story from the dog's point of view, newly minted readers will work through each page's basic sentence structure with plenty of opportunity to decipher the story's action through words and pictures.Several word-family patterns are incorporated as the star pooch of this canine adventure leads a group of romping dogs across a great lawn: "Will they get me? / No, no, no! / We go and go," through a large mud puddle. Finally, they pursue some serious digging: "We dig and dig and dig and dig. // What is this? // It is big." A large dinosaur skeleton rises and gives chase, resulting in dogs frantically running once again. Cartoon drawings done in acrylic ink, pen and colored pencils offer a variety of dog breeds; eyes are wide and tongues hang out in their expressive faces as they frolic through the pale green, grassy park.
Formatted in a larger trim than the usual early reader, this imaginary rumpus is just right for beginners to successfully read and reread. (Early reader. 5-7)
Posted February 19, 2012
This recent Geisel Honor winner is a great book for kids learning to read or for any
kids that like books about dogs. The words are simple sight words for new readers. The ending has a fun surprise. Young readers will enjoy this book, whether they read it to themselves or enjoy being read to!
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