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A Dog Needs A Bone

A Dog Needs A Bone

Fall 2007 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs.
Author: Audrey Wood
Illustrator: Audrey Wood
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 054500005X
Hardcover Price: $16.99

From bone-shaped buckles on a pair of red high heels to a distinctly knobby toilet paper holder, this peon to a dog’s single minded passion scampers along as lightly as toenails on a linoleum floor. Despite all promises ("I’ll never chase cats, / or howl at the moon, / or dig up your flowers in the hot afternoon..."), our hirsute hero cannot resist a few canine cut-ups when his mistress leaves the house. An illustration of him all snuggled up under a bone-patterned quilt will surely extract giggles from even the most dour of dog-haters. When his mistress returns, she offers him "...a carrot, some broccoli, some squash, a few peas." eliciting an ever-escalating series of groans and grimaces. All is not lost, however, as the final blissful bone-in-mouth close-up makes clear. While three- and four-year-olds will surely make the connection to Old Mother Hubbard, younger ones will identify with that single-minded need to have the exact right! A large format, brief text, and clear uncluttered pictures make this ideal for sharing with a group while the jog-along rhythm (suitable for knee-bouncing) and eye-spy illustrations (not to be missed...bone-shaped clouds) turn this into an equally fun one-on-one game.

Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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