This is the Dog ~ PPBF ~ Freebie

I know I review a LOT of dog books. You'll have to forgive this weakness of mine. But I could not resist this sweet story from an author who lives in my hometown of Victoria, B.C.

Title: This is the Dog
Author: Sheryl McFarlane
Illustrator: Chrissie Wysotski
Publishing: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2003
Intended Audience: Ages 3 to 9
Genre/Topic: Fiction, Dogs

Opening: This is the dog too excited to stay, a tail-wagging puppy all ready to  play.

Brief Synopsis: The dog is FULL of energy, he wants to play but all of his people have other things to do. So what's a dog supposed to do? Go on a wild adventure of his own, of course. He spends the morning getting into all sorts of fun "trouble".

Why I Like This Book: The dog is irresistible! The illustrations are bright and beautiful. It has a happy ending. It rhymes. And most importantly (to me), I have fond memories of one of my dogs stealing a cookie right out of the waving hand of a two year old. Funniest thing I have EVER seen! Luckily, the child's mother thought so, too:)


1. Here's a list of Fun Facts About Dogs and Puppies.

2. Write about your own dog's adventures, real or imagined.  Here's some paper I made that you can use:

3. Becca Ruth, From That Little Art Teacher, has this fabulous lesson plan.

How cute are those dogs? I can hardly wait to try this out with my own class.

Be sure to check out Susanna's blog for more fabulous recommendations.

That's it!  Have a great weekend!


  1. This is one of those posts that makes me long to be racing into my own First Grade classroom to try out. I love it!

    First in Maine
    Academic Resources

  2. I love the Blue Dog lesson. I make sure to do it every year because it is always a huge hit. Thanks for the link up!

  3. Rounding Up the Rhymes is a super activity! Thank you for the cute puppy paw paper!
    Conversations in Literacy

  4. You had me at "dog." Can't resist them. Dogs and rhymes--I'm on the lookout for this one!

  5. This book and associated activities look like a lot of fun. There has been much discussion about getting a new dog in my house. I can't predict what might happen if I get the book!

  6. Great choice! I have a dog that thinks humans are here to play ball with him 24/7. So this story resonated with me. Great activities.

  7. Love your activities and the rhyming opening promises a merry romp with this beautiful puppy!

  8. I love the dog note paper! and the book sounds pretty fun... what with getting into trouble and all.

  9. Great book, Barb! And I LOVE the activity and resource many wonderful things to do with kids after you read them a story.:)

  10. That's one great cover! Looks like my friend Jazz. Kind of sounds like her too! I'll have to check this book out! And I like your rhyming and art ideas. Fun in the classroom! Thanks!

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  12. Let me try this again- I had a hiccup in my computer.

    Love the art dogs. Please show us what your class creates when you complete the lesson.

    Granny Goes to School

  13. Those dogs are cute. I love that kind of art - so unique and full of personality!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  14. What great activities. I love kids art!

  15. Great ideas!! Thanks so much!


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