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.

This is the Dog. Fun book for young children. Book review plus related activities. #booksforkids #dogs #dogbooks #gradeonederful

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!

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  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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