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Dog and Bear: Two Friends Three Stories (Neal Porter Books)by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Synopses & Reviews
What do a frisky dachshund and a slightly timid stuffed bear have in common?
They're best friends.
In these three sweet, funny, and meltingly tender stories, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, creator of such distinctive concept books as The Hidden Alphabet, Lemons are Not Red, Walter Was Worried, and Black? White! Red? Night!, proves she is as fine a writer as she is an artist and designer. In "Bear in the Chair" Bear wants to go outside and play with Dog, but can't seem to get down from a very high chair. Dog uses his long slinky back to come to Bear's aid, and everything turns out fine...well, almost. In "Play with Me, Play With Me" Dog wants attention, but Bear is engrossed in a book (about a dog and a bear, of course) and wants time to himself. Or so he thinks. And in "Dog Changes His Name" Bear helps Dog choose the perfect new name, with surprising results.
In this first of several books about the exploits of two best friends, Laura Vaccaro Seeger has created characters who follow in the distinguished footsteps of Frog and Toad and Henry and Mudge.
"As inventive and fresh as Seeger's Hidden Alphabet, the three gentle stories in this inspired collection are utterly charming. Emerging readers will take to the rambunctious dachshund and winsome stuffed bear, and will find the bold font of the economical text easy to follow. Each story's conflict is satisfyingly resolved with a surprise ending that reflects these unique individuals. When Dog rattles off his inappropriate suggestions for changing his boring name, Bear suggests that Dog change his name to 'My Best Friend Dog.' Dog is delighted, but then blithely suggests that Bear call him 'Dog for short.' The uncluttered illustrations, in thick black line and swirling bright watercolor wash, work seamlessly with stories that rely on humor both child-centered and unexpected. When Dog coaches the timid bear off of a high chair ('Take one step. One little, tiny step'), their faces deftly mirror their emotions. Seeger comically combines Bear's narration of a story he is trying to read with Dog's rambunctious pleas ('Play with me! Play with me!'). When Bear finally puts his book down and asks what they should play, dog answers, 'Read to me! Read to me!' After turning the last page, young readers will beg the same for this enchanting trio of tales. Ages 4-8. Agent: The Frank Weiman Literary Group." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Laura Vaccaro Seeger's highly praised concept books have introduced children to colors, opposites, emotions, and the alphabet. Now she guides children on the first steps to reading with three sweet, funny stories about a stuffed bear and a frisky dachshund who happen to be best friends. Simple, engaging texts and bright, colorful pictures make this a perfect book for emergent readers to read by themselves or to share with friends. And in Dog and Bear, readers will discover two chaming characters, ready to take their place on the shelves next to Henry and Mudge, Frog and Toad, and George and Martha.
Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories is the winner of the 2007 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Picture Books.
About the Author
Laura Vaccaro Seeger is an Emmy-award winning artist and the critically acclaimed author and illustrator of The Hidden Alphabet, Lemons are Not Red, and Walter Was Worried. All were named ALA Notable Books and Child Magazine Best Books of the Year. Her newest book is Black? White! Day? Night: A Book of Opposites.
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