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Clifford Keeps Cool (Clifford the Big Red Dog)
Children adore Clifford, the red dog, whether he's portrayed as a puppy or as the lovable giant dog that's constantly getting into trouble. These stories highlight his adventurous, cheerful, giving, and tender ways.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Cartwheel
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Here in San Diego, we have been experiencing unusually hot and humid weather, so I felt like I had to include this particular Clifford title in Storytime today. It is the height of summer and Clifford tries all the usual methods to stay cool, but at his size they don't always work quite right. For instance, watching a dog riding in a car enjoying the cool breeze, Clifford climbs on top of a large truck - which cools him off...until the truck passes under a freeway overpass. He empties swimming p ...more
Finally, a serious consideration of the biological problems of Clifford's temperature regulation. A dog scaling up to that size isn't effective in a number of ways, and his poor internal systems must be constantly overtaxed just to keep him going. As sobering as this reality check is, I'm glad to see these tough issues being tackled at long last.
I love Clifford books because Clifford and Emily Elizabeth are both such loveable characters. I would use this book in the classroom to work on beginning, middle, and end. The story is pretty straight foreward and the students should be able to recite what happened in the beginning, the middle, and the end.Students can also work on predicting and predict what will happen to Clifford each time he tries a new way to keep cool.
It's summer and Clifford the Big Red Dog is having a terrible time trying to keep cool. He sees other dogs riding in vehicles to stay cool, but it's hard when you're as big as Clifford. He finally finds a spot to cool off and ends up saving some children in the process.
Clifford's too big to cool off in the usual way. It's a standard Clifford story showing all the unique difficulties a dog his size would have, and then having him save the day in some unusual way because of... his size.
Norman Bridwell is an American author and cartoonist, best-known for the Clifford the Big Red Dog series of children's books. Bridwell attended John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana. He currently resides on Martha's Vineyard, MA, where he continues to write an average of two books a year.More about Norman Bridwell...
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