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Playmates for Puppies by Roz Silva
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it was amazing
bookshelves: picture-book, children, dogs, animals, self-help

Roz Silva’s fun rhyming tale, of two dogs on their leashes, is beautifully accompanied by Sue Ann Erickson’s deceptively simple illustrations. Together they make a story where the pictures are just as important as the words, each complementing the other, rather than going their separate ways as they do in some books. The rhymes are enjoyably fun and unforced, the characters include neighbors and friends every child will relate to having seen—from UPS woman, to gardener, to policewoman with her dog. There’s excitement, doggy howling, children home to play, and a trip to the dog park where, at last, the two pets run off leash. And there, as an added bonus, is a list of wise, dog park instructions to guide parent and older child in the etiquette of playing publically with pets.

Playmates is more than a list of adventures though, and a final map invites children to read images, think critically, and realize how scenes can come together to form a tale. Not a random walk, but a walk with a purpose, and lots of unspoken questions to keep small readers coming back, over and again, to find out more.

Disclosure: I was given a copy and I offer my honest review

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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
June 2, 2016 – Shelved
June 2, 2016 – Shelved as: picture-book
June 2, 2016 – Shelved as: children
June 2, 2016 – Shelved as: dogs
June 2, 2016 – Shelved as: animals
June 2, 2016 – Shelved as: self-help

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