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A Dog With a Special Talent in Fun Picture Book

Updated on August 13, 2020
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Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Delightful Picture Book With a Dog That Solves a Problem


Fun Picture Book With a Surprise Ending

All dog lovers know that one can never have too many dogs. Penny and Pat are two people who can never have too many dogs. They discover that there is a new dog in town and they set out to find this one to add to their collection. This dog is smart, fast, and he can solve problems. This is definitely one that Penny and Pat want to have. The dog is spotted all over with black spots. How difficult could it be to find this dog? Pat found what he thought was the dog, but it was the wrong dog. It wasn't even a dog at all!! Pat went for another search and returned with another mistake. Young readers will be amused at the mistakes that Pat makes. Penny is getting annoyed with all of Pat's mistakes. Penny and Pat are very surprised when their dog search lands them in a place where they do not want to be. The dog that they were searching for is the hero in the end.

Emma Lazell's That Dog is an amusing picture book and story that young readers will enjoy. There is a lesson to be learned from the dog that solves the mystery with a surprising ending. That Dog was published by Pavilion and is recommended for ages 4-8. It has an ISBN of 978-1-84365-447-6.

Delightful Illustrations With All Kinds of Dogs

Pat and Penny have a large collection of dogs.  One can never have too many dogs
Pat and Penny have a large collection of dogs. One can never have too many dogs | Source
The search is one for that new dog
The search is one for that new dog | Source
Surprise ending
Surprise ending | Source

Bring That Dog Into Your Classroom for Some Fun Activities

Picture books were always my go-to tools for a variety of reading and writing activities in my early childhood and elementary classrooms. Emma Lazell's That Dog offers a wealth of ideas for teachers to use for an engaging reading experience for their young students.

*Read That Dog in your story time session. Call attention to all of the dogs that Pat and Penny have in their collection. Engage students in a discussion of the variety of dogs in the illustration.

*Prepare a math lesson for students to sort the dogs from the story by sizes, fur patterns, and colors.

*Call attention to the new dog in town that Pat and Penny want to add to their collection. What is special about this dog?

*What is the first mistake that Pat makes when he brings home what he thinks is this special dog?

*Call attention to the second mistake that Pat makes. Why does he think that this is the dog that he is searching for?

*Engage the students in a discussion of the mistakes that Pat makes and the reasons that he makes these mistakes.

*What is the surprise ending? How does the ending teach a life lesson?

*Take a class poll of the number of students who have a dog. Have the students bring in a picture of their dog.

*Have the students sort their own dogs according to size, breed, and colors.

*Have more books available for students to look at pictures of the large variety of dogs in our world.

*Provide drawing paper, crayons, markers and other drawing tools for students to draw a picture of their favorite dog.

*Assign a creative writing activity for students to write a story about their dog. Students who are not able to write yet can dictate their stories to a teacher.

*The special dog in the story solved a problem. Introduce students to the idea of service dogs that help to solve problems.

*What is the life lesson that is learned from the surprise ending? Where do Pat and Penny end up and why?

*Introduce the idea of a dog shelter to young students. Prepare a class project for students to collect supplies for a dog shelter. Plan a trip to a shelter in your town for students to see the variety of dogs that find themselves in a shelter and need to be adopted into a forever home.

© 2020 Cindy Hewitt


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