mishg, May 14, 2010 (view all comments by mishg)
I am a kindergarten teacher and I think this is a wonderful book. We read this book every year and it is often cited as the children's favorite book. I disagree with the moral being "birds of a feather...." The idea is that the one dog gets teased for being ugly by the bird and the cat and he believes all the hype. The dog next door looks just like him but is perfectly happy with himself. The moral is that everyone should be happy in their own skin and not try and be something they are not. Good story....funny lines to read when you really get into it...I love doing the parrot voice....LOL
hanh.khanh, March 3, 2010 (view all comments by hanh.khanh)
I don't think this is a good book for children. The conclusion of the story makes them believe that JUST "BIRDS OF SAME FEATHER GATHER TOGETHER".
Poor Alfred,the pug-dog !
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Yaccarino (Circle Dogs) finds an ideal subject for his smooth, lava-lamp-globular painting style: the fawn pug. According to human regulations for cuteness, Alfred the pug dog is adorable, with his oversize round head, buggy brown eyes and curly tail. Yet no people appear to provide Alfred with affection. Instead, the sensitive, anthropomorphic dog suffers the taunts of a smirking cat, a parrot who repeats the word 'unlovable' and large-breed dogs ('"His mouth is too small to hold a ball," a big German Shepherd sneered'). Alfred's only friend is Rex, the dog next door, who is too small to see over the plank fence between their yards. 'I'm a golden retriever,' Alfred boasts to his hidden companion, only to dread the consequences of his fib. Yaccarino, working from a springtime-fresh gouache palette, keeps everyone in suspense by concealing Rex's identity and applying time-tested elements of Cyrano de Bergerac and William Steig's Shrek! As it turns out, the blind date ends happily. Rex is Alfred's mirror image and, in the wordless concluding image, he and Alfred beam identical smiles at the disdainful cat. This amiable tale of self-confidence challenges its cruel title, and word-slinging bullies, at every turn. Ages 3-6." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Alfred the pug dog thinks he's unlovable, but soon learns he's lovable just the way he is. Yaccarino has created a charming story about a little pug who learns the true meaning of friendship. Full color.
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