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PICK A PUP by Marsha Wilson Chall

PICK A PUP

By Marsha Wilson Chall (Author) , Jed Henry (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: Feb. 22nd, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4169-7961-6
Publisher: McElderry

Sam is a thoughtful, dark-haired boy who is ready to adopt a dog. But how will he decide which one to choose? Grandma says he’ll just know, but Sam isn’t so sure. Warm digital-and-watercolor artwork shows the multitude of neighborhood canines that Grandma and Sam encounter on the way to the shelter, and the sprightly, rhyming text captures each one in pithy, hyphenated phrases. For example, there’s a “sit-in-your-lap dog,” a “runs-right-up pup” and a “woolly-like-a-sheep dog.” Each one has its own particularities, which confounds Sam further. When Grandma and Sam arrive at shelter, there are many lovable dogs awaiting new owners, and Sam wants to adopt them all. There is a special puppy waiting for just for him though, once he realizes who really does the picking. Terrific for sharing, with bouncing and memorable phrasing and appealing, energetic illustrations, this sweet and satisfying tale showcases the charm and special qualities of dogs as well as the tenderness of a grandparent-grandchild relationship. (Picture book. 3-7)