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The Dog's Secret
     

The Dog's Secret

by Ellen Miles
 

Introducing a new early-chapter-book series with classic storytelling at its heart. Parents and teachers will love its read-aloud appeal. Kids will love the adventure.

Mr. Taylor is the new teacher in Cricket's class, and he has a special knack for spinning a yarn. He can build an intriguing plot around any selection of items that his students choose. A boat, a

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Introducing a new early-chapter-book series with classic storytelling at its heart. Parents and teachers will love its read-aloud appeal. Kids will love the adventure.

Mr. Taylor is the new teacher in Cricket's class, and he has a special knack for spinning a yarn. He can build an intriguing plot around any selection of items that his students choose. A boat, a dog, a tennis ball, a playing card, and a necklace. That's all it takes for Mr. Taylor to capture his students' imaginations and prove the power of a story.

In the first book, Mr. Taylor tells the tale of Maisie, a lonely young girl who teaches her dog, Jack, to talk. Once Jack can speak his mind, he becomes Maisie's true best friend. They do everything together, until (more in extended summary)

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Children's Literature
Cricket cannot decide what to think about her new teacher Mr. Taylor. A red notebook on his desk sparks her curiosity, and soon the entire class is drawn up in a "Taylor-Made Tale." Asked to draw a picture of something they have lost, each child unknowingly contributes to a story Mr. Taylor will spin for them. This story-within-a-story format emphasizes the power of storytelling to draw people together and learn about themselves. Mr. Taylor's story about Maisie and her dog Jack is compelling on its own, but also reveals insights into the characters of the foundation story. Just as Mr. Taylor reads aloud to his class, this book is made for reading aloud to a child or classroom of students. For slightly older students, it serves as a case-study about how to write a story—where to look for inspiration and how to develop a story through characterization, suspense, and plot. 2005, Scholastic, Ages 8 to 10.
—Leah Hanson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439597081
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/12/2005
Series:
Taylor-Made Tales Series , #1
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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