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Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
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Sep 12, 11

Read in September, 2011

1. This is a wordless book

2. This book illustrates a story about a baby being cared for by the trusted family dog, Carl. The baby spends a few hours making messes, dancing, and swimming in the fish tank while Carl babysits him. Each page contains timeless illustrations that allow readers to make up the words as they go along.

3. A.) The illustrations are accurate because they tell a story, the are arranged in an organized fashion that portrays routines which are relatable to children.

B.) The bad part about the book is that children may get the wrong impression of dogs and care-taking. One strong part is that the illustrations provide step by step images of bath time, snack time, and clean up time. The reader can fill in what they are trying to emphasis to their audience. One thing that may be considered inappropriate is the image of the baby sitting in from of the laundry shoot. He lands safely, but that is not realistic. However, the book is wordless, and the reader may make up a different scenario is they wish to do so.

C.) As I have already stated, I think this book provides a relaxed approach to the establishment and importance of routines. Carl helped the baby with different activities which all children must learn about. The steps can be explained as detailed as the reader pleases. When Carl is giving the baby a bath, it shows him washing, drying, and dressing the newly clean baby. Any child can relate to the steps and remember those images when they themselves are the ones taking a bath.
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message 1: by Sue (new)

Sue So what kinds of curriculum connections do you see with this book? Nice point about the familiar routines and I can definitely see the criticism that it's unrealistic in terms of the dog - more humorous and playful perhaps?


Katelyn One curriculum connection could be tied to hygiene, such as what we do to take care of ourselves. Or even routines and what the student's routine is at bath time or bed time.


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