Two Friends, Three Stories

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Perfect as a read-aloud for younger children or as a book for beginning readers,... read more

Perfect as a read-aloud for younger children or as a book for beginning readers, three short stories star a charming duo of toy bear and dachshund. Dog provides emotional support and a creative solution when Bear finds himself high on a chair and afraid to jump down. Then it’s Bear’s turn to show compassion when Dog pesters him to put down his book and play. In the final story, Dog declares that his name is boring and runs a list of new possibilities past his friend Bear. Dog proposes that he be called Spot (but Dog is spot-free), or Fluffy (but he’s not), or Champ (“Probably not,” says Bear). After further thought, Bear comes up with the perfect name: “ 'My Best Friend Dog.’ ” “ 'I like that!’ said Dog. 'Or just Dog for short!’ ” The simple text is matched by colorful, boldly outlined illustrations of Bear and Dog sharing center stage on an uncluttered, white backdrop. (Ages 3–6)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2008

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