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Dogs Teach Acceptance and Love in a Charming Picture Book With a Lesson That One Can Be Whatever One Wants to Be

Updated on August 2, 2018
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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.

Fun Story with a Lesson that All Professions are a Great Choice if You Do Your Best

Anything that you want to be is okay if you do a great job
Anything that you want to be is okay if you do a great job | Source

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Davide Cali's Great Dog is a fun read for young readers that teaches a life lesson in choosing a profession that you can be great in. The story is told from a young animal's point of view that has the same thoughts in deciding what it wants to be when it grows up. The family home is full of family portraits that depict family members in a variety of professions. There are so many different professions that are represented in the family portraits. The youngster loves to look at the family portraits and hear the stories from his dad about all of the exciting professions that family members chose for their careers. What should I be when I grow up? Should I be a policeman or fireman? How about a teacher? Should I be an artist? How about an astronaut? Dad says that all of these choices are a great choice and that the youngster will be great, no matter which profession he chooses. Dad affirms the youngster's self-esteem by assuring him that he can be anything that he wants to be and that he will be great at whatever profession he chooses. A huge surprise ending awaits the reader when the youngster turns out to be something very unexpected. Cali's Great Dog teaches young readers that parents accept them as they are and that they will affirm their greatness no matter what.

Miguel Tanco contributes his talents as an illustrator with cartoon-like illustrations. Each illustraton is especially funny with the family portraits of each dog dressed in clothes that depict the career that he/she chose. The fold-out pages of the book are especially creative.

Great Dog was published by Tundra Books, a division of Penguin/Random House Children's Books, and is recommended for ages 5-8. It has an ISBN of 978-1-101-91917-0. What does your child want to be when he/she grows up? It is important to affirm their choice as a great one and that they will be great at whatever they do.

Creative and Funny Cartoon-Like Illiustrations

Family portraits
Family portraits | Source
Should I be a policeman?
Should I be a policeman? | Source
Should I be a fireman?
Should I be a fireman? | Source
How about an artist?
How about an artist? | Source

A Wealth of Lessons for the Classroom with Great Dog

Teachers with young students will want to add this charming and funny book to their classroom library. There are many ideas for using this book to teach lessons in self-esteem and also to teach about the professions that are presented in the story. Kindergarten teachers will enjoy using Great Dog to teach the concepts that are in a traditional kindergarten curriculum about community helpers.

*Read Great Dog in a class goup story time session. Call attention to the family portraits that the youngster enjoys looking at with his dad. Do the students have pictures of family members in their homes?

*What careers did each family member choose? Do students have any family members who are policemen or firemen? Use these two professions as a side lesson when teaching your curriculum units on community helpers.

*Make a class job graph depicting the jobs that children's parents have. What careers are represented by the children's parents?

*Brainstorm with students about their ideas for choosing a career. Make a class graph that depicts what each child wants to be when they grow up.

*Call attention to the other choices of careers that the youngster's family chose? Some are very different from the average career. What does an artist do? What does an astronaut do?

*Bring in a variety of people with different careers from your community to talk with the children about their jobs. You might choose some community workers who have both traditional jobs and some that are different from the normal careers.

*What is the surprise at the end of the story? Brainstorm with the students about their ideas when the surprise is revealed.

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© 2018 Cindy Hewitt

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