Three Stories You Can Read to Your Teddy Bear

by Sara Swan Miller and True Kelley

The first yarn, "The Burglar," begins rapidly: "One day you were taking a nap. There... read more

The first yarn, "The Burglar," begins rapidly: "One day you were taking a nap. There was nothing else to do. All at once, your heard THUMP! THUMP! THUMP! 'Wow!' you said to yourself. 'A burglar! A burglar is knocking on the door!' You ran to the door..." No one is there. Apparently the "big, scary, brave" dog in this book scared the burglar away. Time for another dog-nap. The humor in the narrative is derived from the second person point of view, allowing readers to supply what is left out. True Kelley's full-color illustrations fully support the text. In "The Burglar" readers see a large brown mutt waking up from a nap on the rug, startled and immediately alert. They know at once he's ready to protect the household. All three stories are superbly written, humorous and eight pages each in length. "The Bone" (burying it and then searching for it) and "The Wild Dog" (running away) also contain repetition, a text with a strong context, and a controlled vocabulary. An ususual, exciting book. (Ages 5-8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1995

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