Two Dogs Swimming
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Two Dogs Swimming

by Lynn Reiser
     
 

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Two dogs.
Whistle can jump.
So can Spot.
Whistle can run.
So can Spot.
Whistle can catch.
So can Spot.
Whistle can swim.
Oh, no!

Can Spot learn a new trick?

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Two dogs.
Whistle can jump.
So can Spot.
Whistle can run.
So can Spot.
Whistle can catch.
So can Spot.
Whistle can swim.
Oh, no!

Can Spot learn a new trick?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Spot and Whistle are poodles who like doing everything together. They live near a pond and enjoy running around it and playing fetch near it. They are very competitive and sometimes Spot is faster and sometimes Whistle is—until it comes time to go into the water. Every time they go swimming Whistle swims the length of the pond, but Spot does something quite strange—he pretends to swim while remaining in one place so that he can jump out just before Whistle completes his return lap. Spot always wins this way by being the first out of the pond. One day, however, while the two are playing fetch, they have to dive into the water to retrieve the stick in the middle of the pond. Spot cannot pull his famous trick and has to swim with all his might to fetch the stick. From then on, Spot does not pull his funny trick but enjoys swimming in the pond beside Whistle. This silly story about the idiosyncrasies of dogs is enhanced by simple watercolor illustrations. 2005, Greenvillow/HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 6.
—Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Spot and Whistle are evenly matched when it comes to jumping high, fetching sticks, and racing one another. However, when it comes to swimming across the pond, Whistle always wins. Spot's feet always touch the bottom; he only pretends to be swimming. His inability to swim causes him much embarrassment, and he hopes that no one will take note. The text is full of repetition and simple, direct language, making for a clearly told story. The curly haired dogs, goldfish, and mallard ducks are rendered in vivid watercolors and a somewhat primitive style. The pond is shown in cross section so that readers can see what Spot's feet are doing. The antics of the ducks are an additional visual comedic element as they land on the heads of the dogs and flap away from splashes. Children who worry about their own abilities will empathize with Spot and be pleased when he finally triumphs.-Kathleen Meulen, Blakely Elementary School, Bainbridge Island, WA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This simply told story focuses on learning a difficult new task and on related fears and phobias. The two characters are a gray dog named Whistle and his best pal, Spot, a white dog with one large spot on his back. They are evenly matched when they run, jump or fetch sticks, but Spot always wins when they have a swimming race in a pond. That's because Spot keeps his back legs on the bottom and because he turns around and pretends to have finished a complete lap when he has barely left the pond's edge. Spot eventually learns to swim when he relaxes and forgets his fear of swimming, so he no longer has to cover up his lack of skill in the water. Reiser's bold watercolor illustrations utilize simple shapes, bright colors and a pair of cheerful ducks who follow the canine pair as they cavort through their series of competitive play situations. The issues explored here are subtle but important: The naturally varying results of competition, the fear of failure and the importance of following the rules of fair play in order to claim a meaningful victory. (Picture book. 4-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060086480
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/26/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.30(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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