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Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Published by A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2007
32 pages
ISBN: 1596430532

Ages 3-6

Perfect for newly independent readers or as a read-aloud for younger children, three short stories star a charming duo of a toy bear and a dachshund. Dog provides emotional support and a creative solution when Bear finds himself high on a chair and afraid to jump down. Then it’s Bear’s turn to show compassion when Dog pesters him to put down his book and play. In the final story, Dog declares that his name is boring and runs a list of new possibilities past his friend Bear. Dog proposes that he be called Spot (but Dog is spot-free), or Fluffy (but he’s not), or Champ (“Probably not,” says Bear). After further thought, Bear comes up with the perfect name: “ 'My Best Friend Dog.' ” “ 'I like that!' said Dog. 'Or just Dog for short!' ” The simple text is matched by colorful, boldly outlined illustrations of Bear and Dog sharing center stage on an uncluttered, white backdrop. (MVL) ©2007 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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