Perfect Picture Book Friday – That Pup!

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday . It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it’s a nice story with great illustrations.

That Pup!
Written and Illustrated by  Lindsay Barrett George
32 pages – ages 2+
 Published by  HarperCollins Publishers  on August 23, 2011

Theme/Topic – Friendship / Forgiveness

Opening and Synopsis – “What is that pup up to? That pup digs. And digs. And digs some more. What is that pup looking for? And why should this squirrel care?” (from the inside jacket cover).

A young pup decides to play a game and digs up ten acorns. What the little pup didn’t realize is that the acorns were hidden by a little squirrel who was storing them for winter. The little pup hurts the squirrel’s feelings even though she didn’t mean to. The little pup has a great idea to play a new game…HIDE the acorns and she asked the little squirrel to help. Together they put all the acorns back.

Activities and Resources – There are some good questions parents could ask their kids about this book like; Did the pup mean to hurt the squirrels feelings? How do you think the squirrel feel? or What should you do if you hurt someone’s feelings? I think a great activity parents could do with their kids is a scavenger hunt like the pup did in the book (who doesn’t like those?!?). Here’s a cool blog post from Go Explore Nature about a winter scavenger hunt (click HERE) and another about a holiday scavenger hunt (click HERE).

Why I liked this book – Last week I posted a book called The Tree Monkeys by Wynne Marshall (see the post HERE) and it taught a lesson that sometimes actions we do can’t be taken back or in other words somethings can’t be fixed. Well this book shows that some things can be made right if you try to make them right. I thought the book had a good story for little kids and showed them how the pup and squirrel become friends even after the pup digs up all the squirrel’s acorns. The illustrations in the book are great (the pup is adorable)! There are few words on each page so it can be read by kids just starting to read.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog “Just Right Books” HERE!

To learn more about Ms. Barrett George and her books (she has a lot of really good ones!) please visit her website by clicking HERE

**BONUS** (again 😉 )

I met Ms. Barrett George at my school when she visited to talk about writing books. When I emailed her to tell her I was nominating her book as a Perfect Picture Book, she generously offered to donate an illustration from “That Pup!” to one lucky commenter! All you have to do is comment and you’re in! I will pick (actually my sister Josie does the picking) one name from all the comments for this post (the illustration hasn’t come in the mail yet, when it does I will post a picture 🙂 ) and post the winner on December 30th!

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16 replies

  1. Where to start? First, this book looks terrific! The illustrations are SO appealing, and the message is a great one. Second, I love that you chose a book that showed the opposite side of last week’s. It would be perfect for a teacher who wanted to do a unit on consequences to use first one and then the other. Third, I totally want to be in the running for that illustration from Ms. Barret George – you know how much I love dogs, and this one is so cute! And finally, happiest of holidays to you, Erik, whatever you happen to celebrate 🙂

    • Thanks Ms. Hill! All the illustrations are really cute! I’m glad you like the fact it is the opposite of what I did last friday. I didn’t even think about teachers using the two books together! What a great idea!You’re in for the drawing 🙂

  2. This book looks delightful, Erik! As soon as I saw the completely adorable pup on the cover illustration, I knew I’d like the book! He looks ready to jump out of the book wagging his tail and ready to make friends.

    I, too, appreciate the fact that the theme of this book builds on the theme of last week’s book. Good thinking! The activities you suggest sound great — And what a treat for you that you get to meet and interact with so many authors.

    I definitely want to be entered in the draw. How lovely of Ms. Barrett George to donate an illustration!

    • Erik, what a very special pup! I have a dog, and he digs a lot — so this books appeals to me. Really like the lessons you pointed out and how the pup makes amends with the squirrel. It was intrigued that you compared it to last week’s story, since the meaning was opposite. You do have a gift for writing and choosing such great books! Please enter me in the contest.

      • I kind of just realized that the books have two different endings to similar problems. It’s kind of like how things really are -sometimes you can works things out and sometimes you can’t. You’re in the drawing!

    • Thank you! The pup gets even more cute inside the book and the squirrel is pretty cute too! You’re in for the drawing 😉

  3. I love how often you suggest books where you have met the author. At school we never had any author visits, so I am happy you have experienced so many good ones.

    I love this pup and can see you put a of thought into what can be drawn out of the texts you choose, for teaching purposes. Super review, as ever, Erik;

    Happy Holidays!

  4. Erik, you’ve done it again, another wonderful post and very cleverly linked to last weeks. Like Joanna, I to am envious you get to meet all these wonderful authors. Oh Wow! and receive a print of an illustration, how cool! I would so love to be in the draw. The illustrations in this book are adorable. Have a great Christmas Erik!

  5. This book sounds adorable, and with a great theme. Sometimes we hurt people without meaning to, and sometimes we read things into others’ behavior that is not correct. Great choice!

  6. Hi Erik! Anything with dogs and squirrels, I am in 🙂 I love the premise of this story. It sounds engaging and fun. The illustration on the cover is fantastic! I really liked your review and I love the ideas for activities.

  7. Erik,
    I also love that this is the opposite of last week’s book. It’s important for kids to learn that some actions cannot be “fixed” and that others can. Either way a lesson is learned and as a mom, that is the thing I always like to talk through with my kids. I also like the “unlikely” friendship of a dog and a squirrel especially considering how often dogs are usually chasing squirrels, not working with them. Nice selection.

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