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|Katie and the puppy next door|
Author: Himmelman, John
Katie the dog learns that sharing can be fun when she becomes friends with the playful puppy next door.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.20
Points: .5 Quiz: 158452
Kirkus Reviews (02/15/13)
School Library Journal (02/01/13)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2013 PreS-Gr 1—Katie, the dog introduced in Katie Loves the Kittens (Holt, 2008), is not happy when Sara Ann's friend brings her dog along for a visit. Ruby eats Katie's food, chews her toys, and plays with her feline friends. Katie doesn't want to share, but she changes her mind when she realizes that Sara Ann is unhappy with her rude behavior. The next time Ruby visits, Katie grumbles, but she doesn't interfere with Ruby's fun. When her guest initiates a game of tug-of-war with Katie's favorite toy, Katie realizes she can be happy sharing. Himmelman's pencil and watercolor illustrations were rendered in soft blues, greens, and purples. Emotions are expressed through the pictures, and sound words appear in different colors and fonts. Children who are possessive of their belongings may see themselves in Katie.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/01/2013 Katie is a spotted terrier, perfectly happy at home with her young owner, Sara Ann, and the three cats who also reside there. Then a new neighbor, Elizabeth, comes over with a fat dachshund named Ruby. In the blink of an eye, Ruby is playing with the cats, eating Katie’s kibble, even chewing Katie’s squeaky bone. Katie is beside herself: “The cats are MY friends, not hers!” Sara Ann explains the concept of sharing to Katie, who, good dog that she is, tries to ignore Ruby’s breaches the next time the dog comes over. Finally, unable to hold in her feelings a moment longer, she grabs the chewy bone. A tug-of-war ensues that leads to friendship and proves maybe sharing makes sense after all. Many children will enjoy this at a surface level, but some will make the connection about sharing incidents in their own lives. Either way, this is a simple yet effective story enhanced by pen-and-watercolor illustrations that have the right blend of humor and pathos. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.