Perfect Picture Book Friday – Eddie and Bingo, A Friendship Tale

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 I like that this story is based on a family tale.

Eddie and Bingo – A Friendship Tale

By Kathleen Taylor & Katherine L. Taylor

Illustrated by Kathleen Taylor

Published by Inkwater Press (January 21, 2011)

42 pages  – ages 4+ 

Theme/Topic – military / responsibility / family stories


Opening and Synopsis – “Hi My name is Eddie. The year is 1951 and I’m a nineteen-year-old new recruit in the U.S. Navy. This will be my first tour of duty. I am both nervous and excited about being deployed on an aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Hornet.”

Eddie is a new recruit on an U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier during the Korean War.  Eddie is a Navy photographer. Eddie finds a little orphaned puppy and decides he needs to help him. He takes the puppy he names Bingo onto the aircraft carrier and Eddie and all his sailor friends try to hide Bingo from the Captain. When Captain Drew finally finds out about the furry stow-away, he tells Eddie the ship is no place for a dog. Eddie just can’t throw Bingo overboard, so he sets out to find him a good home.

Why I liked this book – First of all, this book is based on a true story and I really like true stories! The authors took a story that was told by Kathleen’s father to her and made it into a story book! Katherine and Kathleen are a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law writing team. I think family stories are important and good to share. I also like how Eddie shows responsibility for the puppy that he found and he wouldn’t give him up until he found a safe place for Bingo. It also tells a little bit about life on an aircraft carrier which I thought was interesting (they must be huge if you can hide a dog on them)! I also thought the illustrations were nicely done.  

The book won an honorable mention award from the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA). To learn more about the book and authors, go to their website HERE.

Activities and Resources –

I found some cool Navy ship coloring pages HERE.

Since Eddie took responsibility for the puppy, you can donate animal food to your local SPCA or shelter and talk to your kids about helping animals in need.

I also found this cool family story activity for older kids at The International Reading Association’s website. Here’s what it says about the activity –

The stories of an older family member can explain family traditions and establish heritage-and they can be cherished possessions that are passed among family members for years to come. Teens can take part in the process of building family histories by recording the stories, or memoirs, of family members.” Click HERE to go to it.

I think little kids would like for grandparents to tell them stories about when they were little too. That would also be a good activity!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9

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27 replies

  1. Great pick Erik! You have the interesting fun facts about the aircraft carrier and the cute adventures of the dog, perfect!

  2. Thanks for the background on the author/illustrator team. I looked twice, because I thought it was the same name. I like stories involving stowaways.

  3. Wow, that it an amazing story. I too like that it uses a real-life event as its setting and is based on a real story. We’ll have to check it out.

  4. Great pick, I had never heard of this one and I do like historical fiction very much.

  5. I also love books based on true stories, Erik, so thanks for sharing this one with us – it looks great! And never mind hiding a dog – any ship you can land an airplane on has to be pretty big! 🙂

  6. Sounds great. I like that it’s based on a true story. Nice list of resources, Erik!

  7. A dog story and a military story? What a great combination! And I didn’t even know there was a Military Society of Writers. Your posts always teach me something Erik!

  8. The military angle is a really unique one, and I’m glad to see it featured in a picture book. Great pick, Erik!

  9. A lovely story thankyou Erik for a great choice.

  10. Nice review! I’ll be sure to check it out.

  11. Thanks again Erik, we love your blog! Keep reading! Also, we really like your mention of the SPCA as we donated to the SPCA’s Operation Baghadad Pups . It helps the Military rescue animals the soldiers and(sailors!) get attatched to abroad to receive a safe mission home!

  12. Very cute! I was also reminded of Patricia’s theme for the month. It looks like a great addition to the books that she’s also planning to feature this May. Thanks for sharing this, Erik!

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