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Big Dog... Little Dog (A Bedtime Story)

by P. D. Eastman

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The big idea for this book is to illustrate opposites between two dogs and to engage young readers in a fun and educational way. I enjoyed this book for three reasons. The first reason being the simplicity of the writing style, “Fred and Ted were friends. Fred was big. Ted was little.” The sentences are short and to the point using vocabulary that younger readers can understand and may even be able to read themselves. The second reason being the flowing patterned language style. Eastman uses a rhyming pattern, one way simply being in the names of Fred and Ted. The story is interesting because it is not only about patterns but has an actual lesson along with it. Ted is the little dog and cannot sleep in the big bed and Fred is the big dog that cannot sleep in the little bed. The next morning they go for a walk and cannot figure out what the problem is until a little bird comes along and advises them to switch beds. This gives young readers the impression that making big problems out of little problems is useless when there is always a simple solution to all the problems you may face. ( )
  AliRadford | Sep 14, 2015 |
This classic book from P.D. Eastman tells the story of Fred and Ted, two dogs that are friends but also polar opposites. The book illustrates (both literally and through the text) how the two differ in a variety of ways, both physically (i.e., the big and little referenced in the title) and through personal choices. Things get especially hairy when they visit a hotel and the big dog ends up in a tiny bed while the little one sleeps in a super-large one.

I shared this book with my toddler class for a unit on dogs, and they absolutely loved it. They asked to hear it again on multiple occasions. Best of all, just by listening to this book they were absorbing information about the concept of opposites while learning that friends can enjoy different things/be different from one another yet still have fun together! ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Jan 12, 2014 |
A book about two mutts who are opposite in every way, but best friends nevertheless. This pre-school book is a great opportunity to present to the children that everyone is different in their own way but special. ( )
  kostonkarr | Mar 29, 2013 |
This book would be good for teaching ELLs because it offers text in both English and Spanish. It helps students learn opposites.
  charlottetokle | Nov 21, 2011 |
Fred and Ted are best friends with a lot of differences but they don't let that get in the way.
  alv003 | Dec 12, 2010 |
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Illus. in full color. "Two dogs who are opposite in every way are also the best of friends. The bold, colorful drawings are appealing and emphasize the concepts of size, color, and opposites."--Booklist.

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Two dogs are opposite in every way but are the very best of friends.

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