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A Lot of Dogs

by Ellen Tarlow

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This is a fantasy book for primary grades, especially kindergarten. The book is done in colored pencil and ink and wash. This book is a repetitive book about dogs and the things that they do, all in rhyme. The book is set on the beach, where there are all sorts of dogs doing all sorts of activities. The book talks about what different dogs are doing on the different pages, asking the reader questions about what some of them are doing, and asking them to notice certain things. There is not a continuous plot line, however, and besides the setting, there is no continuation from page to page.
This book is a good example of fantasy because there are dogs doing things that humans would do--surfing, beach volleyball, reading, sunbathing, etc. There are no animal except dogs in the book, and they are all personified in some way.
This book does not have much of a plot in that there is not a series of events, rather statements or questions on each page. Those statements or questions are unrelated to the ones on different pages. Even though the illustrations allow for a plot, the text does not include a conflict/resolution, or beginning, middle and end.
This book would be used for low-level readers who need repetitiveness in order to learn to read.
This book could be used for out-loud reading for preschool and kindergartners for word and letter recognition. ( )
  ChantalBerho | Nov 19, 2012 |
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Describes with beginners text things dogs do in a day.

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