""Titus wants to be a good dog in his new home on the farm, but he can't figure out what that means; when he tries to board the school bus with the children, chase mice or lay eggs, or help the farmers plow and milk, all he hears is ""No, no, dogs don't..."" What DO dogs do? Titus learns at last that night, when he spots a fox sneaking up to the henhouse. Halpern's neat, brightly lit cloth-and-paper collages make perfect accompaniments to this simply told story; the widely spaced farm buildings are set on a grassy hill dotted with flowers, and Titus, golden, flop-eared, the picture of puppylike confusion, draws the eye even when the point of view is pulled back. Treat fans of Eric Hill's Spot books to a story with a real plot.""
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Claire Masurel is the author of many books for children, including TWO HOMES, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton. She lives in Paris.
David Walker has illustrated several children's books. This is his first with Candlewick Press. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Kindergarten-Grade 2–A bewildered pup is left to his own devices to figure out his special role in his new farm family. He tries to board the school bus with the children but is pushed away. He fumbles his way from the field where the farmer is riding the tractor to the barn where the farmer's wife is milking the cows. He follows the cat, who informs him that dogs don't chase mice, and tries to perch on a hen's nest only to be told that dogs don't lay eggs. It isn't until he hears a fox creeping toward the henhouse that he realizes his unique talent–he barks and alerts the farmer to the intruder's presence. He's a watchdog! The deceptively simple collage artwork is made of various papers and fabrics and painted with acrylics and watercolors. The text in either language is rudimentary and well adapted for the intended audience. A good selection for storyhours and for beginning readers.
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Book Description NorthSouth Books, 2006. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110735820740
Book Description NorthSouth Books, 2006. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bilingual. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0735820740