Our Perfect Picture Book Friday Pick this week is Sally Gets a Job written and illustrated by Stephen Huneck.
This is a fiction book published in 2008 by Abrams Books for Young Readers. It is suitable for ages 6 and up.
From the 1st page — “There they go, off to work and school. I wish I could go, too. Maybe I should get a job.”
Thus begins Sally’s musings about what would be the perfect job for her. Maybe she could drive a school bus, or be a teacher. Maybe a lifeguard at the beach. Maybe an archeologist or a pro ball player. So many options!
In real life there really are lots of dogs doing very important work. There are guide dogs for visually impaired people, service dogs for people with other needs, search and rescue dogs, drug sniffing dogs, bomb detection dogs, guard dogs, hunting dogs, show dogs.
I myself am a working dog with multiple titles — therapy dog, library dog, reading dog, school dog. And much like Sally, I have often dreamed about other jobs that I could do —
I have been a teacher and library dog, a farm dog, an actor, a rally competitor. It might be fun to be a fire dog. But like Sally in her book, I have found that the best job in the world is —
Taking care of my family!
There are lots of “Sally” books. She’s a very busy dog. She’s one of my very favorite book characters. And her Dad Person who was also her author and illustrator was an incredible artist using hand carved wood blocks. Mr Huneck died in 2010 but his influence on the dog and art worlds is huge. His home in Vermont has become a haven for dogs and their owners. It is called Dog Mountain. And on the mountain is a unique chapel called Dog Chapel. Dog Mountain is open to the public and they often have special events there.
If you were to read this book in your classroom it could open up lots of discussion about jobs that dogs do for people. And then you might talk about what jobs the kids’ dogs do for them. We have these talks a lot when I go to school. And there are probably dog groups of some kind in your area that probably have members that would LOVE to come visit a classroom. Dog people LOVE sharing their dogs!
Some resources that you might look into —
Therapy Dogs International, Delta Society, Canine Companions for Independence
Guide Dog Users, Search and Rescue Dogs, Police Dogs, American Kennel Club.
So what does your dog do for you? Think on that!
And go check out Sally Gets a Job — and all the other Sally books!
And then check out the other PPBF books at Susanna Hill’s place!
thank you so much for this lovely post about the Sallybooks. Today I plan to go to my little bookshop in the nearby village, they have quite a good section with books for this age. I’ll see, if I can get it in German, that’d be great.
You’re doing a super job taking care of your family. And your bloggers!
Say hell to your mum and make sure everybody has got a lovely weekend.
Lots of cuddles
what a lovely response to my Sally post! Thank you — it makes me smile! I hope you can find the book in German. They are such nice books and Mr Huneck’s story is a bittersweet one.
Very nice choice of books today. I enjoy all of the dog books your share. Dogs do have many jobs. Like your resources
Thank you for the nice words of encouragement! We dogs try to take care of you humans the best we can! Have a nice weekend!
Thanks so much for this introduction to the Sally books and a little history about Mr Huneck. So many great jobs for dogs out there!
The Sally books are so wonderful. Kids that I read with always enjoy them. And Mr Huneck was a really fine man. I like to spread his words.
Sounds like a great book, Rhythm! Dogs are the best, aren’t they? Thanks for sharing this one – great job! 🙂
Thank you Ms Hill!! For the nice words and for letting me share my favorite books. Yes, I do believe that dogs are the best thing around!
You forgot to include book reviewer/blogger dog to your list of jobs. It is an impressive resume.
Aaahhh! Yes! Thanks for pointing that out! I do stay busy. Life is good for this Lab!
We doggies are pretty pawesome:-)
Agreed!! How are you doing in your recuperation?
I’ve never heard of the Sally books. But being a dog lover forever I’m definitely going to the library to look for some. Thanks!
I think that you will really like them!
Love the illustrations! Sounds like a delightful book. Thanks!
It is a delightful book with delightful illustrations. Thanks for stopping by!
This book sounds great – I’m so glad you added it to our list. Sally sounds almost as awesome as you!
Thanks! I dream about being Sally. She’s a lovely girl. Thanks for stopping by.
This looks like a great book! Thanks for sharing it! I’ll have to put it on my reading list for when my son is a little bit older.
Thanks for stopping by. The kids I read with love the Sally books. Sometimes they don’t get the humor, but they love the pictures.
Are you still enjoying your job, dear Rhythm? I love this story about Sally!
Yes!! I very much love my job! I spend a lot of time at school and at the library. My days are spent getting loved on and eating treats. What better job is there?! And I’m glad that you like Sally. Thanks for visiting!
Even though I’m grown up I’m still wondering what the best job for me is. I think I have to agree with Sally though – looking after my family is the best job 🙂
I think that’s the truth!!
Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back!
Thanks so much for dropping by! I love company!