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THE STRAY DOG. 2002 Caldecott Honor Book. (edition 2001)

by Marc. From a True Story by Reiko Sassa. SIMONT

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Title:THE STRAY DOG. 2002 Caldecott Honor Book.
Authors:Marc. From a True Story by Reiko Sassa. SIMONT
Info:Harpercollins (2001), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover
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Tags:Caldecott, picnic, pets

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The Stray Dog by Marc Simont



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A family went for a picnic and was joined by a little dog. They played with him all day and named him Willy. When they were leaving the children wanted to take him home but the parents did not think it was a good idea because it may have been someone else's dog. However none of them could stop thinking about the little dog. When they went back to the park for a picnic they saw the dog being chased by a dog warden because he was a stray. The little girl and little boy ran to his rescue and told the dog warden that he was their dog. They took the dog home and he became a part of their family.


This is book is one that children will enjoy and relate to, and will certanly touch the heart of the children and adults alike who read it. The children in the family are portrayed as heroes as with their quick thinking and intervention they saved a stray dog from being captured by a warden. Everyone loves a hero no matter their size. It was also quite heartwarming to see the family take the dog in and gave him a place to call home.


p.12-13 - What were some of the things we saw on these two pages that told us that the family had Willy on their minds? How did the pictures help to tell the story?
p14. What was the family thinking as they were having their picnic. Why do you think so?
p.20 What did the children do to save Willie?
  deeprincess | Dec 8, 2016 |
While a family enjoys a picnic in the park, they come across a dog and name him Willy. The children want to take Willy home, but the parents tell them that the dog must belong to someone. That week, everyone in the family misses Willy. Finally, on Saturday, the family returns to the same picnic spot and find Willy again! Except this time, Willy is being chased by a dog catcher, assuming that he is a stray. The dog catcher exclaims that the dog doesn't have a collar or a leash and is therefore, a stray, but the children claim Willy as their own. Willy becomes a part of the family.

This book demonstrates how text and illustrations work together to tell a story. The author doesn't explicitly say that Willy is being chased by a dog catcher. Readers have to look at both the text and illustrations to understand that Willy is in a hurry because he is being chased by a dog catcher. Another example is on the page where there is no text at all; from the illustrations, readers can tell that the children are happy to have Willy as their own because they are jumping up and down! Again, the reader has to rely on the illustrations to comprehend the story.

MEDIA: watercolor and charcoal

GENRE: children's contemporary realistic fiction picture book (fiction)

(1) This book could be used to teach the essential literacy strategy of asking questions, making inferences, and/or looking at pictures to help tell a story. All of these would be modeled using a think aloud!
(2) An inference chart could be used during this read-aloud. A chart could include sections for clues from the pictures or text, background knowledge, and what the student infers.
(3) After reading this, students could be on the lookout for inferences, illustrations and/or questions during their independent reading time. ( )
  akgingerich | Nov 17, 2016 |
This book is really cute and fun for kids to read. It is fun for them to predict what will happen and infering how they are feeling.
  KJoPlante | Oct 14, 2016 |
This is a great children's book. It is great for beginning readers because the words are not hard and it has very short sentences. I think that it is also a great sentimental book about rescuing a dog, which children love to read about. ( )
  haleyr03 | Sep 25, 2016 |
The story follows a family on a Punic as they run into a stray dog. The children fall in love with the dog they have named Willy, but their parents will not let them take the dog home. After they leave the park, the family thinks of Willy and returns that weekend to find him. They save Willy from the dog catcher and bring him home to live with them. Themes for this book are family, dog, love, and hope. I feel that this book can connect with students on a real life level. The illustrations fit the book perfectly and kept the story alive on the pages of the book. Simple writing makes it easier for all ages to understand what the story is about. On page 9, I would ask the students how they think Willy is feeling as the family drives away, and what clues give them that idea. On pages 12-13, I would ask the children to explain how the family is feeling about leaving Willy behind. On page 14, I would ask the students why the family has put out food on the ground. I think this story would be a good lesson to talk about plot.
  LaurenBrow | Sep 6, 2016 |
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This story is retold and illustrated by Marc Simont based on a true story by Reiko Sassa. It is a Caldecott Honor book for its illustrations. The story centers around a family who see a stray dog while on their picnic. They think about him all week and go back the following week. But Willy is being chased by the dog warden.

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When a little dog appears at a family picnic, a girl and boy play with him all afternoon. They name him Willy. At day's end, they say good-bye. But the dog has won their hearts and stays on their minds. The following Saturday the family returns to the picnic grounds to look for Willy, but they are not alone-- the dogcatcher is looking for him, too!… (more)

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