Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari

Hello Goodbye Dog

Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari; illustrated by Patrice Barton. 2017. Published by Roaring Brook Press.

Brief summary: Zara loves her dog, Moose. Moose misses Zara when she goes to school. The dog wants to be with her owner and escapes from the house to be with Zara in her classroom. The dog loves the hellos of seeing Zara, but not the goodbyes when she must leave her human. It takes Mom, Dad, Zara and Mrs. Perkins to get Moose to leave the classroom. Moose soon returns for a big hello as everyone is reading in the library. The entire day is full of hellos and goodbyes for Moose. Zara comes up with a solution, and she and Moose go to therapy dog school where Moose passes all the tests to becomes Zara’s therapy dog. Now, Moose can attend school with Zara all day.

Comments: This is set up as a cumulative story with more and more people taking Moose out of the school. There is an author’s note in the back about library dogs and therapy dogs.  It was refreshing to read a story about a little girl who went to school and who happened to be in a wheelchair.  The story was not focused on her disability.

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This is the House That Monsters Built by Steve Metzger

This is the House That Monsters Built by Steve Metzger

This is the House That Monsters Built by Steve Metzger; illustrate by Jared Lee. 2016.

Brief summary: Various spooky Halloween monsters build a house in the accumulate style of storytelling.

Comments: This is a version of This is the House That Jack Built. There is rhyming and rhythm.


One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom; illustrated by Brendan Wenzel. 2016. Digital illlustrations

Brief Summary: A little boy gets eaten by a yellow boa constrictor. The lad tricks the snake into eating more and more animals it finds under the eucalyptus tree until it burps and throws them all out of its tummy.

Comments: A cumulative tale. Nice rhythm and rhyming. I plan to compare it to the There Was an Old Lady series. Reading the word eucalyptus over and over is easier than saying it aloud. [yoo-kuhlip-tuh s].  I will have the children practice it after I read the title, but before I get to that, I will need to show them what the plant looks like as it is not native to Ohio.