Some Dogs Do

Some Dogs Do

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by Jez Alborough
     
 

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In the inimitable world of Jez Alborough, some dogs do fly - and little pups everywhere are encouraged to dream big.

Do dogs fly?
Is it true?

One day, when Sid is walking to school, he suddenly gets a happy feeling. In fact, he feels so happy that his paws lift off the ground, and he floats right up to the sky! He can’t wait to tell his friends at

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In the inimitable world of Jez Alborough, some dogs do fly - and little pups everywhere are encouraged to dream big.

Do dogs fly?
Is it true?

One day, when Sid is walking to school, he suddenly gets a happy feeling. In fact, he feels so happy that his paws lift off the ground, and he floats right up to the sky! He can’t wait to tell his friends at school, but of course they don’t believe him. "Don’t be daft," scoffs Ben. "You’re a dog, and dogs don’t fly." Even Sid’s teacher shakes her head at him. Now Sid is one unhappy little pup. Can anything ever get him flying high again?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This tale seems stale compared with Alborough's previous work in Hug or Where's My Teddy? When Sid the puppy "set[s] off for school one day, a happy feeling [comes] his way." Suddenly, he finds himself literally light as air and flying among the clouds, but when he tries to prove his ability to his scornful, mocking classmates, he fails miserably. Sid looks like a fetching stuffed animal prototype in Alborough's characteristically energetic gouaches, here effectively divided into panels to indicate successive actions. However, the clunky text weighs the book down with clich d ideas. The climactic scene features Sid's father sounding more like a child psychologist than a hound dad: " `I know a secret, Sid,' he said./ `Could you keep it safe inside?' " The narrator helpfully rhymes, " `What's the secret?' Sid replied." When Sid watches his father flying, he learns the answer: "Do dogs fly? Is it true? Some dogs don't, and some dogs do." Children just learning to distinguish fact from fancy may have difficulty understanding what their negative or positive feelings (or scorn from their classmates) have to do with metaphorical flight. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a dog! A happy feeling came Sid's way one day as he walks to school. He'd just said good-by to mom and dad when suddenly this cream-colored pup with distinctive brown accent smudges—left ear, right eye circle, and tip of tail with a red pack strapped on his back, suddenly went twirling through space like a doggy shaped balloon. When he shares the uplifting experience at school, classmates (especially bulldog Gus) and teacher challenge his reliability and ask him to demonstrate the newly discovered skill. Inability to recreate his flight know-how makes Sid sad and dejected, but upon arriving home the pup's belief is restored when Dad reveals their shared flying abilities. Young readers will dream big with the rhyming verse, elegant gouache illustrations that render amazing scenery combined with charming expressions and the antics of bold sized animal characters virtually leaping off the page. 2003, Candlewick Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Barbara Troisi
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this tribute to the power of positive thinking, rhyming verses describe how Sid, a young hound, experiences an uplifting revelation on his morning trip to school: a joyful feeling "filled him up so much he found/his paws just lifted off the ground." Once airborne, he twirls and swirls "like a doggy-shaped balloon" for the rest of the journey. Alas, his fellow canines can't get past their own grounded paws and refuse to believe him. Even his teacher points out, "All dogs walk and jump and run,/but dogs don't fly-it can't be done." Finally, when a classmate asks Sid to demonstrate his new ability, the now-unhappy pooch is unable to get off the ground. Dazed and dejected, he returns home with his self-confidence destroyed. Sid's parents soon come to the rescue, as his dad reveals a secret he's kept for ages. Done in gouache, the illustrations glow with bright colors as the excited pup leaps off the page in delighted flight. A variety of perspectives and the range of expressions on the characters' faces will entertain readers. A wonderful addition to any library and a great choice for storytime, this book will speak to children facing new situations or lacking self-esteem.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781406324105
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
02/28/2011
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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It's a book our whole family loves. Now I'm buying it for my neice who is like Sid--she has a special talent that her peers make fun of. But she'll learn, like Sid, that she's special and loved. Buy it for your special one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My four year old loves this book. It is easy for him to understand and the illustrations are fun and exciting. The story is inspiring and I just love reading this book to him.