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City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems
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Jun 23, 10

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This poignant tale about unlikely friendships by Mo Willems and Jon Muth opens when City Dog joyfully welcomes Spring by running without his leash in the countryside. He soon meets Country Frog and the two become great friends, sharing their talents: splashing, croaking, fetching, and barking as the seasons of the country pass by. I found Willems' spare, repetitive word selection was well-matched with Muth's extremely expressive watercolor illustrations. Each illustration is displayed on the right side of the page with the exception of one double spread page with City Dog sitting all alone on Country Frog's rock. No text is necessary for the reader to understand City Dog's thoughts and feelings. The story ends the way it began with Spring, and new friendships, in full bloom. It was interesting to read the story behind the story at Booklist about how this fantastic partnership came to be! City Dog, Country Frog (copyright June 2010) is a wonderful reminder that while loss and change can be difficult, and times lonely, the promise of new beginnings is always right around the corner. While the age recommendation is ages 4-8, I think children of all ages (that means you adults too) will find meaning and enjoyment in this fantastic picture book. I bought the title to use as a read aloud and mentor text with my 5th graders next year. I can't wait to share it with them!
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message 2: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Very cute book! Great way to open up the discussions around losing friends.

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