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Little Dog Poems

by Kristine O'Connell George
Illustrated by June Otani

Published by Clarion, 1999
40 pages
ISBN: 0-395-82266-1

Ages 3 - 7

The thirty short verses without rhyme in this volume are arranged so we see a day from start to finish, from the point of view of a small Asian American girl who loves and is loved by a little Yorkshire terrier. The childlike observations she makes about her dog will apply to many canine pets: he fears the vacuum cleaner, likes to play catch, announces the arrival of the mail, hates to see family members leave the house without him, and looks so much smaller when he's been bathed. Because of the arrangement and length of the poems, it is possible either to read this aloud as a picture book about a day in the life of a girl and her dog or to read selections from it. Highly Commended, 2000 Charlotte Zolotow Award CCBC categories: Poetry.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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