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Skunkdog by Emily Jenkins
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May 27, 08

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Dumpling (the dog) and her people move out into the country where she has room to run, a woods to walk in, and absolutely no friends! One special characteristic of Dumpling is that she has no sense of smell, making it very hard for her to relate to other dogs. So when Dumpling was digging under a bush and was sprayed by a skunk, she doesn't really notice. But her people do! They try one way after another to get rid of the stench, but nothing works until they try tomato juice. When Dumpling is finally clean and stench-free, they release her to the backyard admonishing not to play with the skunk again. But Dumpling misses the skunk and when she can't find the skunk she starts to get sadder and sadder. In this tale of unlikely friends, there is of course a happy ending, except maybe for the people who have to smell Dumpling.

This book is charming. Dumpling is a round dog with a long nose, made all the more silly by the fact she can't smell. The family is wonderfully cartoony, with a round-faced boy, angular mom and square dad. But the skunk steals the show with the big pink nose and always lifted tail. Jenkin's words are equally successful as they tell the story of loneliness and unusual friendship. The text may seem long for a picture book at first glance, but it is very easy to read aloud and never drags.

Highly recommended for children ages 4-7. Add this to your dog story times, friendship story times, and to your pile of books that kindergarteners and first graders will enjoy hearing read aloud.
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