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 I'd like to be the window for a wise old dog
 Author: Stead, Philip Christian

 Publisher:  Doubleday Books for Young Readers (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [45] p., col. ill., 30 cm

 BTSB No: 844470 ISBN: 9780593375082
 Ages: 3-7 Grades: K-2

 Imagination -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction

Price: $22.78

A wise old dog contemplates the limitless world of imagination through a window.

   Booklist (+) (04/15/22)

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Booklist - 04/15/2022 *Starred Review* Using playful text and whimsical art, Stead conjures a thoughtful tale of an old dog considering the possibilities of the outside world. Will I ever be the dawdle of a penguin? / Will I ever be the waddle of a snail? / Will I ever be the tumble of a bumble bee? / Will I ever be the bumble of a whale? Employing questions geared to stretch imaginations (and vocabulary), the lilting verses introduce a series of familiar animals. From turtles, bullfrogs, and elephants to buffalo, walruses, hummingbirds, and mice, Stead's creatures exist in a bucolic, colorful world. Many spreads feature white backgrounds, brightly hued collaged figures, and a bevy of colorful birds that flit unmentioned from page to page. Each verse is separated with a colorfully lettered refrain. The scene visible through the titular window evolves throughout the story: at first, rain peppers a gingko tree; later, a rainbow appears; and finally, a whale swims by. The facial expressions on some of the animals hint at additional details not revealed in the text: for example, the fawns appear worried while hiding in the grass, and the elephant seems happiest when he can shelter another creature with his umbrella. This is a text that begs to be read aloud, one-on-one or to a group. Prepare for serious toe-tapping. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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