Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School
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-Ike LaRue is a little dog who has been sent to obedience school, or if you ask him, prison. He absolutely hates it and sends letter to his owner, Mrs. LaRue, pleading desperately to let him leave. He misses everything about home. Eventually, Ike escapes obedience school just in time to save his owner from a horrible accident.
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Grade level: 3-4
Appropriate classroom use: English
Students who may benefit: Students who like bright detailed pictures and who like dogs would enjoy this humorous book.
Small group use: This would be a good book for children to pass a ...more
Ike is a puppy who has been sent to obedience school because he has behavioral issues, while in the obedience school he refuses to listen and writes letters to his owner every day. Mrs. Larue refuses to see him but writes back to him. Eventually, Ike decides to escape the school but doesn't know if he's returning to Mrs. Larue's home.
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Evaluation: This is an exceptionally good book to teach students about writin ...more
Ike sends Mrs. LaRue letters daily describing the horrible conditions that he is in. He relentlessly pleads his case requesting to come home immediately. Will Ike ever learn how to be a good dog? Will Mrs. LaRue ever forgive Ike for his transgr ...more
This can be used to introduce and have children practice letter writing, as well as comparing and contrasting Ike's fiction with his reality. Primary students as well as secondary students can benefit from this book.
Mrs.LaRue enrolled Ike to an academy because he was stealing food from the counter table. Ike always send a letter to Mrs. LaRue telling her how bad was this school. Ike think that this school is a prison he wants to go with Mrs. LaRue. Ike is sorry about the chicken pie he ate that he wasn't supposed to eat.Ike is now telling Mrs.LaRue about the Hibbins cats.Ike has to do what Miss Klondike Ike is telling Mrs.LaRue that she is making them do what she wants.Ike is telling Mrs.LaRue ...more
Summary: Ike is a spoiled dog who is forced to go to obedience school. He writes letters to his owner begging to come home until one day he escapes.
Evaluation: The structure of the letters are correct with all the correct components included. This will allow students to use it as an example when writing a letter. The story also has a clear sequence of events and can be referred to easily through the dates on the letters.
Teaching Idea: This would be a good read aloud when introducing...more
I read the second book in the series before this one, but it feel pretty solitary about them both.
Interesting story. I enjoyed the epistolary style, but I could see how it may not resonate with young children. The story is really driven by the letters so it may be a bit confusing. The wording is often vague so I think it is suited for more advanced readers than very young ones.
This one had less of a structured plot than the second one, which made ...more
It’s quite funny - the kids and I enjoyed seeing the difference between the dog’s perception and the owner’s perception and the “reality” of his situation. The illustrations show the difference between the reality (in color) and the dog’s perception (in black and white).
The book could be used in classroom discussions about letter writing and street-crossing safety.
This book will probab ...more
Told through letters from obedience school and local newspaper clippings, Ike's story truly is a one of great hardship. Like Ike, I may be being a tad melodramatic, but one really must put oneself in his paws. Imprisoned by his owner and held against his will, nothing could be as cruel.
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P.S. This review is being melodramatic. The book is tons of fun! Be sure to examine each page to discover Ike's reading list and how he imagines his situation vs. what is ...more
This is a funny story with fabulous illustrations.
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