The Wild Baby Gets a Puppy (English and Swedish Edition)

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9780688067113: The Wild Baby Gets a Puppy (English and Swedish Edition)

Anxious to have a real puppy, Baby Ben is disappointed when he gets a rag puppy for his birthday until he discovers that "Rags" has some special qualities of his own

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PreSchool-Grade 1 The irrepressible Wild Baby soars again, this time off through space on a rag dog come to life. On his birthday, Ben is disappointed to receive a stuffed dog, as he had wished for a real one. That night Rags comes to life and takes Ben and his toy mouse, rabbit, and giraffe into the sky. Ben and Rags go to a moon overcrowded with babies and puppies. They leave the moon and stuff themselves on the ice cream planet before drifting back down ``sleepy-eyed.'' The sometimes-forced rhymes require practice to be read smoothly, but they have the same rollicking child-like humor of earlier ``Wild Baby'' favorites (all Greenwillow). The facial expressions on these cartoon characters, reminiscent of the Katzenjammer Kids, provide special appeal in these lively and humorous watercolor illustrations. One point that may concern some readers is the haziness of the line between fantasy and reality. The morning after their adventure, the other animals are stuffed toys again, but Baby Ben appears to be somewhat smugly showing his mother that Rags is a real dog on a leash, raising his leg by a tree. Kay E. Vandergrift, School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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