On the other hand, Patchy is very curious and is always investigating new sights, sounds and smells. He follows his nose wherever it goes. Sometimes that leads to trouble but other times it gives Calico a chance to play a trick on her not so smart friend.
Children will laugh out loud when the two lovable creatures go to the beach where Patchy comes nose to claw with a fiddler crab, or when they take a walk through the woods and meet a not too friendly bear who can not decide whether to help the two lost campers or eat them.
In the other stories, children will enjoy reading about how Patchy and Calico accidentally join the circus, take an unplanned boat ride and get caught sneaking into a school classroom.
Patchy and Calico's Summer Vacation has illustrations at the beginning of each chapter that hint at what the new adventure will be about. Other pictures are included at the end of each story along with some questions for the child to answer. Older children can read the stories themselves or it would make a wonderful bedtime story book for younger kids. The five tales will entertain children of all ages with the antics of the title characters and hopefully teach youngsters some valuable lessons about working together and staying out of trouble.
"Patchy, I think we're going the wrong way. There are no more footprints and your wonderful nose doesn't seem to be working.
The dog carried on walking and sniffing.
Calico Cat started to cry. "We're lost! I knew it was a mistake to go off by ourselves. Oh no, what was that noise? Was it a bear? I'm scared, Patchy."
"Calico, there are not any bears around here and..."
Before Patchwork Dog could say any more, he heard a noise too, followed by a deep growl.
A big, black bear stuck his head out from behind the bushes. He looked at the two strangers and growled again.
Patchy and Calico were so scared that they could not move.
The bear walked closer and closer.
The two friends closed their eyes, afraid to see what the bear was going to do next.
Sniff... sniff... snort! The bear's big nose checked out the strange new smells.
Patchy felt one of his floppy ears lifted up. The bear's hot breath tickled the inside of his ear and the little dog giggled.
"Hmm, who are you and what are you doing in MY woods," asked the bear in a very gruff voice.
The two friends introduced themselves, and Calico explained what had happened to them, ending with, "Please don't eat us!"
"Um, well, I'm Bobby Bear and this is MY home. I don't like strangers. You're lucky, because right now I'm not all that hungry, so I won't eat you; that is, if you leave RIGHT NOW!"
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About the Author
As a preschool and elementary school teacher, Greta tried to instill the joy of reading in the children she worked with. Books were an important part of her classroom and story time was the highlight of the day.
It has been a while since Greta was in a classroom but she had lots of experience in reading to children of various ages and remembers what they enjoyed listening to. She tries to incorporate that knowledge into her work as an author and believes it makes her a better writer of children's books.