Per Hope is in the Word’s suggestion, this month we’re focusing on Dog Stories. Having a two year old, I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to go about handling the topic. I’ve never read Old Yeller or any number of other classic dog stories. I’m a big fan of Hank the Cowdog 01: The Original Adventures. And I just finished reading Because of Winn-Dixie. But I don’t think either of those classify as “classics” and I couldn’t really engage with my son over any of them.
Enter Jennifer’s Read Together Challenge. I purposed to spend this month reading aloud stories that were above my two year old’s current reading levels to see how he would do with more complex stories. When it came to preparing for this carnival, I wanted to read something that he could still identify with and enjoy. I browsed our home bookshelves and what popped out at me? One of MY childhood favorites — The Poky Little Puppy.
I have fond childhood memories of this book. I still remember being fascinated by the picture of the snake and the lizard which are crawling up (down?) the mountain. In case you somehow missed this children’s classic – it is the story of five little puppies who dig a hole under the gate to go out and explore the big, wide world. Every evening they are led home by the smell and promise of tasty desserts which their mother has made for them. Every evening they come home and are punished by their mother for digging holes. As pokey as the last little puppy is, he is also the smartest for he always dawdles in after the others have been sent to bed and, undetected by his mother, eats up the yummy food before crawling into bed himself.
My son really enjoyed reading this book. The fabulous thing about it is that it repeats certain phrases, as well as activities and concepts, over and over again. Younger children can get into the rhythm and pattern of the story even though there are a great number of words on each page. At two years old, my son sat through the whole story and studied the pictures and I liked to think that someday he’ll curl up with his children, in full possession of his own fond memories of the lizard and snakes who are going up and down the mountain.
So what about you? What did you dig up, dust off and otherwise enjoy this month? Do share!
And please join us for more Children’s Classics this summer:
June 9 — Poetry (individual poems or anthologies)
July 14 — Book Trips (i.e. any books that have inspired a family ‘field trip’ of sorts– maybe to a children’s museum or a museum affiliated with an author, or a visit to the city of a beloved author, or even to something like a local pet store)
August 11 — Adventure! (i.e. any adventure or suspense stories– any children’s reading level)
Note: Next month we will be featuring FUTURE Children’s Classics– books that you think will (or should!) become children’s classics.
Jennifer, Snapshot (and 5M4B) says
I’m glad that you and Bookworm1 are enjoying it!
Barbara H. says
LOVED the poky little puppy! I don’t usually do this one because my kids are older, but this is setting off memories of books we read together.
Heather G. says
I grew up with the poky little puppy! Sigh. I miss him.
I didn’t get a post up today, but I smiled just seeing that cover. I loved the Poky Little Puppy as a child!
Stephanie's Mommy Brain says
Of course! The Poky Little Puppy! How could I have forgotten that one! I laughed that Amy went with Ribsy. We also read that one but I talked about Henry and Ribsy in my post. This was a really fun theme!
This is one of my favorites as well! I wish I had thought of it-my mind was blank when it came to this challenge! I was actually going to do a guest post by my husband for Where the Red Fern Grows, but the book never made it to him on the ship!
I just bought the Pokey Little Puppy for my twin grandchildren… who are not born yet. LOL
They need a good collection of books on their bookshelf tho, don’t you think? Due date is in June.
I just posted my favorites from childhood. 🙂 I also remember reading a book of short dog stories as a kid that I really loved – there was one in there that was especially good. About a man and woman who are brought together by a puppy. It was a sweet story. Ironically, my dog chewed that book up. lol
Thanks for the carnival! 🙂
I’m a writer and I think my story is a new classic. it is not about dogs, but eggs enjoy the many tells of Humpty Dumpty before he took his famous fall. The Adventures of Kid Humpty Dumpty, check it out at http://www.eloquentbooks.com/theadventuresofkidhumptydumpty.html
Just a couple of weeks late!