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The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy by Jane Thayer

The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy (1958)

by Jane Thayer

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Petey is the puppy in the story and all he want's for Christmas is a boy. Petey try's to find a home but it seems like every boy he finds already has a dog. Then Petey finds a boys home and finds a group of boys that take care of him and love him.
  LisaMarie214 | Feb 15, 2015 |
"The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy" by Jane Thayer is a wonderful Christmas story. I liked this book for a couple of reasons. The first reason I liked this book was melding of a contemporary realistic fiction genre with modern fantasy. In real life, the animals would not be able to talk to each other making this book modern fantasy, but I liked the contemporary realism that was in the story. The animals cannot talk to humans so the little boy cannot talk with his new pet, and in the real world, it is completely plausible for an orphan to find a stray puppy and adopt him. I also liked the man character, Petey (the puppy). While reading the story and going through his journey, I was rooting for Petey to find his boy. Finally, the writing was done really well. It would be challenging enough for a young reader, without overwhelming him/her. I also liked the variety of sentences and punctuation. Some sentences were short, while some were longer and more complex. There were questions, exclamations, and statements. This would be a great book to work on fluency and reading inflection. For example, the author writes, "'Well, who wants to go riding is a car? Not me!' said Petey, coming out from behind the house." The big idea of this book is never give up if you really want something. Perseverance will pay off. ( )
  cduke3 | Dec 4, 2014 |
predictable, picture book, puppy, tone, Christmas, boys
this is about a puppy that asks his mom for a boy for Christmas and then he goes out to find one and ask other dogs if they would give away their boys. None want to, but the puppy finds a boy outside of Home of Boys and gets fifty boys for Christmas.
  rekrumrie | Nov 3, 2013 |
Petey wants a boy for Chirstmas so badly, and he has been a very good puppy this year. But Petey's mother cant find any boys this year. Petey is very sad, so he decides to go out and look for a boy himself. Petey askes many dogs if they would want to give their boy away, but they all say no. Finally, Petey comes across a Home for Boys, and sees a vey lonely boy sitting on the steps. Petey runs up, jumps in his lap, and kisses him! The little boy begs to keep Petey, and is allowed to bring him inside. Inside, Petey is welcomed by many other boys, and Petey ends up getting fifty boys for Christmas! ( )
  awoodham93 | Apr 7, 2013 |
Petey the puppy wants a boy for Christmas. Petey sees different dogs with little boys and asks if he can have their boy and they all say no. Petey ends up finding an entire house full of boys. I can use this to teach my students about finding a place where they belong.
  Clv017 | Feb 3, 2013 |
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Fleishman, SeymourIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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One day Petey, who was a puppy, said to his mother, who was a dog, "I'd like a boy for Christmas."
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Petey the puppy has one wish for Christmas: to have a boy of his very own. But boys are in short supply this year, and he can't seem to find one who is just right!

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When Petey the puppy decides that he wants a boy for Christmas, he discovers that he must go out and find one on his own.

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