I Swapped My Dog

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A fickle farmer can't decide on the perfect pet in this lighthearted story of barnyard mishap. Spirited rhymes and brightly colored artwork tell the tale of a farmer whose picky nature causes him all sorts of beastly embarrassments. He starts out with a dog and after rejecting all manner of barnyard animals ends up right back where he started. Children will love the predictability of the tale and surely relate to this farmer's quandary.

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Bolam was born and raised in the English countryside. She studied Illustrations at Brighton College of Art and is the illustrator of many popular books for children, including Murphy Meets the Treadmill, Louie’s Goose, Clara Ann Cookie, and I Swapped My Dog, also a big fan of swapping, hopes to make at least one good swap this year. She makes her home in England.

Harriet Ziefert draws on a true story told to her by Santiago Cohen for the text of this Christmas tale. This is her first picture book collaboration with him, though they know each other from their many years in neighboring New Jersey towns.

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PreSchool-Grade 1AChildren who have a finicky streak (and who doesn't) will find kindred spirits in the persnickety characters featured here. Never completely satisfied with what he has, a farmer goes on a swapping spree. The lighthearted, rhyming text describes how he trades his dog for a horse, his horse for a mule, his mule for a goat, and so on. Of course, each animal has some flaw and the farmer eventually realizes that he wants nothing more than his old dog by his side. Their joyful reunion is a satisfying conclusion to the story. Bolam's watercolor illustrations tell even more of the story than the spare text, showing the uncooperative animals and the farmer's growing frustration and irritation with each new acquisition. Large and uncluttered, but with an attention to amusing detail, they fully extend the simple narrative. This story could easily be paired with Alan Benjamin's Buck (S & S, 1994). However, both the art and text (as well as the familiar round of barnyard creatures) of I Swapped My Dog are simpler, making it especially accessible to young readers.ALisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA
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