When Lucy Goes Out Walking: A Puppy's First Year

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Meet Lucy, a little puppy full of bounce and curiosity. Lucy loves taking walks; it’s especially fun to greet the neighborhood children and play with other dogs. Whether it’s to race down a snowy hill in February or frolic in the grass in May, Lucy never says no to a stroll outdoors. Come December, Lucy’s enjoyed every season, and she’s almost all grown up!

In lyrical language and through endearing illustrations, Ashley Wolff traces the growth ...

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Meet Lucy, a little puppy full of bounce and curiosity. Lucy loves taking walks; it’s especially fun to greet the neighborhood children and play with other dogs. Whether it’s to race down a snowy hill in February or frolic in the grass in May, Lucy never says no to a stroll outdoors. Come December, Lucy’s enjoyed every season, and she’s almost all grown up!

In lyrical language and through endearing illustrations, Ashley Wolff traces the growth of one adorable puppy over the course of an adventure filled year.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Softly colored double-page illustrations (some with smaller scenes inserted) feature an idyllic small town custom-made for the adventures of a boy and his dog. The breezy text for each month is in the form of modified limericks and perfectly suits the gentle activities.”—Booklist

“A dog-lover’s look at the changing seasons.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Wolff celebrates the curiosity and playfulness of a black-and-white puppy with a poem for each month of the year.”—School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Young listeners will enjoy watching Lucy grow from a little puppy during her first year of life. Simple rhymes for each month of the year highlight seasonal activities. Each begins with "When Lucy goes out walking." Young children will appreciate the repetition. Gouache illustrations show Lucy's little boy owner, other children, and sometimes other dogs (in the month of March) engaged in seasonal activities, such as ice skating, sledding, dogs playing in puddles, flying kites, baseball, soccer, catching fireflies and watching shooting stars, making a lemonade stand, Trick or Treat (Lucy is dressed up in a jester's collar), braving cold November rain, and enjoying the first December snows. The double-page spread illustrations have a poem on one side. The previous month is named in the upper left-hand corner and a small illustration shows an activity from that month. The next month is named in the lower right-hand corner with a small illustrated preview of the next month's activity. It is a perfect lead for a page turn. This sequencing helps young children understand the concept presented. The passage of time is conveyed in the illustrations which show Lucy growing from January to December. This is an attractive, energetic introduction to the months and seasons, appropriate for the audience. The cover is an irresistible invitation to open the book. Readers will be rewarded. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Wolff celebrates the curiosity and playfulness of a black-and-white puppy with a poem for each month of the year. The second and final lines of each verse repeat, offering opportunity for interactive reading. The author quotes the dog in couplets nestled in each poem, "She sniffs and meets, wags and greets/Each and every dog./'Romp and run!/Let's have some fun!'" Realistic gouache art celebrates the colors of the outdoors and Lucy's pep. Each spread features a month and provides a glimpse of a calendar showing the previous and upcoming months. Endpapers are spattered with views of Lucy in various poses.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Lucy's forays into the outside world give the youngest readers a glance at the typical weather in a northerly clime and activities popular for each of the 12 months of the year, as well as a look at how quickly a puppy grows up. January sees Lucy as the tiniest of puppies, enjoying the snow while her companion crafts a snowman. With each turn of the page she grows until, by December, she is all grown up. The rhyming verses scan well, making this a great choice for shared readings with young children. Wolff's gouache illustrations cleverly incorporate "dog-eared" pages that give readers the opportunity to see what the previous month was (in both name and activity) and what the next month holds. Refreshingly, December's activity is not Christmas. The companionship and love shared between the dog and the boy is clearly evident and also not surprising-the model for the dog, as in many of her other books, is her pet Border Collie, Lucy, while the boy could pass for one of her sons. A dog-lover's look at the changing seasons. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805081688
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 700,443
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

ASHLEY WOLFF has written and illustrated many books for children, including the popular Miss Bindergarten books. She lives in San Francisco, California, with her family.

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