A children's book blog by Miriam Rainwater

A children's book blog by Miriam Rainwater

"TV. If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they'll have with twenty-six. Open your child's imagination. Open a book." ~ Author Unknown

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Charlie the Ranch Dog

Charlie the Ranch DogEars drooping, eyes plead,
Tail wagging, tongue hanging out.

Charlie is a basset hound ranch dog.  Breakfast is his life, especially when bacon is involved.  Charlie has a friend named Suzie.  And it seems like young, agile Suzie is always out-doing old, uncordinated Charlie. 

New from HarperCollin's Children on April 26, 2011, Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond is the story of one dog's quest to be of help when all of life seems to be working against him.  Will he find a way to be helpful on the ranch?

Diane deGroat's illustrations bring the story to life with a humorous twist and show reader's just how Suzie always gets the best of Charlie.  Story and pictures combined will have your child laugh again and again.  My favorite part of Charlie the Ranch Dog was the language.  All of the words used are perfect for the target age--something that I realize more and more is (unfortunately) a rare find. This book can be easily read by children in second-fourth grade, but preschoolers will enjoy it as a lap read.

Have you ever had two dogs that competed to be helpful to you?

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