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Job Wanted

4.3  ·  Rating details ·  262 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
An old farm dog proves he can learn plenty of new tricks in this perfect read-aloud.

A sorry-looking hound plods up to a farmer to ask for a job. "Dogs just eat and don't give anything back," the farmer gripes. Most animals would be on their way, but this dog dreams up a plucky plan. Why not try to work alongside the cows? The Farmer is thankful but unmoved. Still undeterre
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2015 by Holiday House
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Teresa Bateman
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
BIAS WARNING! Yes, I am the author of this book, and I love it. This is the story of an out-of-work farm dog trying to find a new situation. The farmer is not convinced that he needs a dog, but the canine is persistent and eventually proves his worth. First, let me say that Chris Sheban's soft, muted illustrations that have sharp foregrounds, then fade away into the distance, are delightful. The small humorous details and heart-touching expressions are priceless. He's amazing. As for the story, ...more
Nadine Jones
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Super cute story about a homeless dog looking for a home and a place to be useful. The farmer isn't so sure, but the dog never gives up - first he helps with the cows, and moos, then the horse, and he neighs, then the chickens ... Finally, the farmer is won over! Another happy rescue dog!
Laura Harrison
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Original, heart-warming story with quite lovely, gentle and unique illustrations. A wonderful read-aloud.
Riley Thomas
Opening Move: Prompt predictions based on title
I would use this move by showing the students the front and back cover and would read them the title. I would then ask them what they predict the story will be about. I could then lead into the story by saying, "Let's find out if your predictions are right!"

Opening Move: Draw attention to the setting
This would be a great move to use to bring up types of animals and their jobs on a farm. Some students may not have ever been to a real farm so explaini
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: no idea
This may be my favorite book I read in the library all year long. That's five different books a week times 34 read aloud weeks. That's a whole lot of really great books I've been sharing. And, this one might be my favorite. It's fun and sweet and a wonderful vehicle for conversation. We talked about perseverance, work ethic, doing more than you get paid for, the difference between being disappointed and discouraged. This is a wonderful book! Read it!

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Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I will start out by showing the students the cover and read them the title. I will ask them, "What do you predict is going to happen"? I will allow for the students to respond. Next, I will ask if they have ever been on a farm and what type of animals are on a farm". After the students respond with the list of animals I will ask one final question. "What does a farmer do all day"? After predictions are made by the students, we will begin reading the book.

-Invites for predictions based on the tit
Carol Royce Owen
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I learned of this book at the Norwich Bookstore's Educator's Reception this week. It was a delightful get together with book recommendations, free ARCS and discounts on our purchases for schools. So...seeing, I had a discount, I just had to buy some books, and this was one of the books recommended.

Job Wanted is a delightful picture book of tenacity. A dog shows up at a farm hoping the farmer will need a dog. He doesn't, but the dog doesn't give up. He asks if he needs a cow, which the farmer do
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great story! You never know when you may need something (or something) that you didn't think you did!
Kathryn Cook
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this one for all ages.The persistence of the dog, trying to convince the farmer that he could contribute to the farm and should stay is priceless. Readers will love how the dog tries to act like a cow, a horse and a chicken so the farmer would see he was worth keeping on the farm. Teresa's wonderful use of language made the story fun and interesting. The beautiful illustrations highlighted the characters personalities and gave a golden glow to the setting. I read this story to my stu ...more
Margaret Boling
3/23/2018 ~~ LOVE! Definitely a case of don't judge a book by it's cover. When I first looked at this book, I passed it over - thinking it would be an issues book about finding a job during the Great Depression. Instead, it's about a dog looking for a home. He shows perseverance and creative thinking as he attempts to convince a farmer that he would be a valuable asset to the farm. If you need a heart-warming smile, read this.
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book
So fun! The pictures are quirky and the lesson is a good one. The Toddler Boy loves it.
Ellie  Dynek
A charming story, describes how anyone is capable of the tasks set before them :)
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Adorable farm book about helping.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animal, picture
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book SO much. If you're awesome enough, even if there's no job description that you fit into, a new job description will be MADE for you!
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sweet story about the benefit of never giving up.
David Quintanar
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Totally clever!
Love this book!
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute story of a dog who had a big need and saw a big need and filled it, and in return filled his own need.
Clare Bird
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Everyone has a spot in the world, it just takes some time to find it.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This will be such a good read-aloud!
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The dog was disappointed but not discouraged."

Persistence pays off for an unemployed dog trying to get hired by a farmer.
Theresa Grissom
Loved this picture book! Cute, cute story and wonderful illustrations. One of my favorites off the Young Hoosier Book Award list for 2017-18. Will be purchasing this for my library.
Dayna Dueck
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Perfectly heartwarming bedtime story.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute story about a resourceful old dog who proves that he is a valuable addition to a farm.
Amanda Brooke
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: primary-reads
The illustrations of this dog are priceless. Sheban captured the hungry forlorn scrappy stray in such a way - if you have rescued a dog - that will you have me? look.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this book! It is my favorite of the Virginia Reader’s Choice picture books for 2018. It is a darling and funny story of a dog who never gives up. When there is no job opening on the farm for a “dog,” this dog works hard to get hired at every other job (cow, horse, chicken) until the farmer realizes the dog’s unique qualities are just what he needs. Great to read aloud.
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A down-on-his-luck dog happens on a farm and, hoping for a job, asks the farmer if he needs a dog. The farmer turns him down with the excuse that dogs don’t “pay their keep.” So the dog asks if he needs a cow. The farmer says sure, “but you’re not a cow.” The dog returns the next day and herds the cows into their pens for milking, thereby making the farmer’s work easier. When that doesn’t convince the farmer, the dog asks the farmer if he needs a horse. The farmer replies in kind, and the dog re ...more
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
When an old farm dog walks up to a farm looking for work, the farmer refuses. He sees dogs as a waste of food since they don’t give anything back like chickens or cows do. The dog then offers to be a cow instead of a dog. He gets all of the cows into the barn and lined up ready for milking before the farmer gets there, but the farmer isn’t interested in this dog-cow. The next thing the dog tries is to be a horse. He couldn’t fit in the harness for the plow, but he could run ahead of the horse wi ...more
Juliana Lee
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An old hungry dog came to a farmer looking for a job. The farmer didn’t want a dog. A dog cannot earn his keep like a chicken, a horse, or a cow. But the dog convinces the farmer to let him try each of the other jobs for a day. On the first day, the dog herds all the cows into the milking barn so by the time the farmer got there in the morning his milking time was cut in half, but he still wasn’t a cow. The next day he herded the cows and then went on to the horse stall where he bribed the horse ...more
Debbie Wunderlich
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
"Job Wanted", by Teresa Bateman, is about a dog who comes up to a farmer asking if he can help out around the farm. The farmer refuses because he thinks that dogs aren't useful. So, the dog tries to prove his usefulness by imitating what other farm animals do. Nothing seems to convince the farmer, until the dog discovers that he might just have a special talent after all.

An activity to do with students could be to have them write a letter to the farmer in the story. In the letter, they could des
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Teresa Bateman was born in Moscow, Idaho, but moved to Washington State when she was three-years-old and that's where she has lived most of her life.

An avid writer and reader, Teresa has been making up stories and poems since she was in grade school. "To me it was as natural as breathing," says Teresa.

In school Teresa would drive her teachers crazy by 'creatively' completing assignments. She alway
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