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A Small Brown Dog With a Wet Pink Nose ~ PPBF

I am a HUGE dog lover, so when I found this book at the local library I had to grab it!

TITLE: A Small Brown Dog With a Wet Pink Nose

AUTHOR: Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen

ILLUSTRATOR: Linzie Hunter

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010

TOPIC/THEME: Dogs, Dog Adoption, Parent-Child (Fiction)

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:  Amelia is determined to have her own dog, but her parents aren't so sure. This resourceful little girl finds a clever and funny way to convince her parents to let her adopt a dog.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  Because I was exactly like Amelia when I was young. I begged and begged and begged my parents for years until I finally got my very first dog ~ Muggins, the sweetest, prettiest little Boston Terrier in the world!! And I haven't been without a dog since. They've all been either found or rescued, so I especially love how the author promotes animal adoption; the only way to go as far as I'm concerned :)

OPENING:

 Amelia wanted a dog. But not just any dog.
Every day she asked her parents,

"May I have a small brown dog with a wet pink nose?"
Every day the reply was the same.

"Oh, no," said Amelia's mother.
Amelia's father added, 
"We're just not ready for a dog."



RESOURCES:

1. Check out Deep Space Sparkle for a dog art lesson. They don't all have pink noses, but they're awfully cute!

2. Here's an easy step-by-step dog drawing lesson:



 3. This book is perfect to read and discuss as a prelim to writing letters of persuasion. It would be fun to have your kids write a letter to their parents trying to convince them to let them get an animal of their choice.

4. You could also have the kids draw and write a description of their own invisible dog.

5. Visit your local SPCA, rescue centre or dog pound to see how you can help. You don't have to adopt a dog: You can donate supplies or money or even sign up to walk some rescues. Here's a link to the rescue, Angels Under Our Wings, where I got my sweet Max:



If you think you'd like a closer look at this super cute book, you can click the image below:



Thank you, Susanna! I love Perfect Picture Book Friday:)




31 comments

  1. Barbara- very cute book- very cute art lesson. I really like guided art projects. Thanks for sharing.

    Cindy
    Granny Goes to School

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  2. Hi Cindy! Me too! I'd like to draw the dog drawing next week.

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  3. This does look like a great book for persuasion! Great activities!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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    1. Thanks, Lori. It was a lot of fun to read.

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  4. Barbara, I was that kid too. I adore this book and I loved your art projects. Glad the focus was on adoption. Very clever sharing.

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    1. I was happy about the adoption focus, too!

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  5. Love the very specific "small brown dog with a wet pink nose"! The book sounds sweet. And great activities (of course). Thank you!

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    1. I know! Isn't that great. Nothing like knowing exactly what you want.

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  6. Just the title has me hook, line and sinker!
    I am having a book giveaway on my blog and I would love you to check it out!

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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    1. It's a great title, isn't it?
      I'm on my way over to check out your giveaway!

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    1. It is:) Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer!

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  8. If you have your kids draw dogs, you'll definitely have to share pictures. I bet they'd be adorable!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. Yes! I'll definitely share if we ever get around to it -- ha ha. Halloween seems
      to have taken over my life right now:)

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  9. I am a total dog over too and can't wait to read this book! Such a great story idea and message. Thanks so much for adding it to our list, Barbara!!! :)

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    1. You're welcome, Susanna. I'm sure you'll love it:)

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  10. I love books and I love dogs. I NEED THIS BOOK! :)

    I just bought the book "Goodnight, Canada!" today and I just love it! The pictures are so sweet. :) Thanks for recommending it on your blog!

    Amanda
    First Grade Garden

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    1. Ha ha! You sound like me with books. Glad you like "Goodnight Canada"!

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  11. I wasn't ready for a dog - but he was ready for us and came and sat in front of my classroom door until we took him home. He was a big brown dog with a wet pink and black nose.
    Sounds like another great book.

    sandi
    rubberboots and elf shoes

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  12. I am so excited to get this book. I've been without a dog for a while, but I hope to end the draught soon. :)

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    1. Oooh, make sure you post pics when you get your new puppy!

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  13. Is there a version of this book about a child wanting a rabbit? Because that's what I hear about ALL the time.

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    1. Ha ha! Too funny:) I've rabbits, too ... they make pretty sweet pets .... except for the cord chewing!

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  14. I agree with the others - the title is awesome!
    Your PPBF posts are always awesome. I love the link to "how to draw a dog". My kids can't get enough of simple how to draw things.

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comment, Traci!

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  15. Love the drawing link! Thanks for sharing. I will definitely check out that book! :) Yay for cute dogs, too!!


    Kate
    Second Grade Sparkle

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kate!
      Life isn't complete unless there's a cute dog hanging around;)

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  16. I love the opening lines!!! I'm hooked! Great activities, too.

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