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The Poky Little Puppy

by Janette Sebring Lowrey

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A classic book that shows the life of a little puppy. This puppy is given a set of rules he must follow, and he chooses not too. This then leads to him giving up desert. This is a great book that explains the importance for following rules! ( )
  Zach.Zbylut | Feb 4, 2016 |
This is a classic Children's book. I especially like this book because the mix between pictures and text is good. It can go either way. The young reader can start learning to read by reading the words? Or an Adult could read the book to a child.

It is a story of a group of puppies. One of them was labeled "Pokey". They get into trouble because they dig under the fence and go frolicking in the outside world. The one Puppy because he is Pokey seems to elude scolding when he comes back home because he gets in later than his brother puppies. Will he be found out? If so, what will happen. I leave it up to you to find out as I will not put any spoilers for this story.

I highly recommend this book for the young reader. It is fun to read. ( )
  DVerdecia | Jan 29, 2016 |
The Poky Little Puppy is the first book I remember reading, so it will always have a space on my bookshelf. Revisiting it almost forty years later, however, has resulted in some mixed feelings. As a Little Golden Book, the focus is more on counting and reading along with the child to help build cognitive skills, so it's really a mistake to put too much emphasis on the plot or story. With that being said...

On the surface, the book is about a curious little puppy who eventually learns that disobeying the rules has consequences, but upon closer inspection this morality tale becomes a bit more muddled. The titular Poky Little Puppy is not the only one breaking the rules, but is in fact one of five puppies that repeatedly ignore restrictions against digging under the fence and leaving the yard. Warning against straying from home is a good message for a children's book, but instead of unforeseen dangers in the unknown outside world, the five runaway puppies are greeted by green grass and a colorful array of insects and reptiles, only returning home when they realize that a dessert is being prepared for them back home. Poky's only deviation from the behavior of the other puppies is that he is the one to first notice hints that dessert is awaiting them at home, and is the only one that doesn't rush back home in time to be punished for digging under the fence by being refused dessert. By the time Poky returns, everybody is asleep, and he eats the dessert, seemingly unaware of the punishment. This happens again and again until Poky's four brothers are rewarded with dessert for filling in the hole under the fence AFTER they've already left and come back, and then narc on Poky when he comes back later so that he is punished with no dessert. Now, apart from the idea of 'Just Desserts' at play here, it seems more than a little unfair that Poky is singled out as the main transgressor when you consider that his only deviation from group behavior was being more observant to details and less prone to running back home at the first hint of sugary treats. If the other puppies had simply followed Poky's lead, they all would have arrived home late and had dessert together, as it appears their "mother" can't be bothered to search for missing puppies that don't show up for dinner.

So, while on the surface this is little more than a cute story about the pitfalls of curiosity, what we really have is the unfair persecution and scapegoating of an individual for being more in tune with his surroundings, rewarding pack mentality, parental neglect, enforcement of arbitrary rules with no indication as to their importance, and a prediction of the current childhood obesity epidemic.

This is why adults should not review children's books. ( )
  smichaelwilson | Nov 18, 2015 |
23 months - A cute story that kids seem to love but parents find a bit long and tedious. An occasional read is plenty. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
Poky little puppy has always been too curious for his own good. He's always getting himself in trouble because he wanders off and doesn't pay attention. I know quite a few kids that can relate to Poky.

Characters: The Poky little puppy, his brothers and sisters, his mother
Setting: The backyard and the country
Theme: Curiousity

Possible post-reading discussions include:
paying attention; listening to parents; why it's not okay to wander off by yourself; friendship; and responsibility.
  kimberlyfox | Oct 1, 2015 |
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Tenggren, GustafIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Five little puppies dug a hole under the fence and went for a walk in the wide, wide world.
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Note: the "Big" Golden Books version is the same as the "Little" Golden Books, just larger.
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One of the original 12 Little Golden Books, The Poky Little Puppy has sold nearly 15 million copies since 1942, making it one of the most popular children’s books of all time. Now this curious little puppy is ready to win the hearts and minds of a new generation of kids.

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A puppy who is always late coming home one night finds there is no dessert for him.

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