ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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
chewtt2 profile image

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.

Choosing Careers

What do children want to be when they grow up?

See results

© 2018 Cindy Hewitt


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)