Chip Wants a Dog

We’ve got dogs at my house. Real dogs. Stuffed dogs. Dogs in books. Dogs on the walls. Dogs on the shelves. We big dogs even have our own dogs –

IMG_6115Look at poor little Electra. Don’t worry, she has her own dog, too. —

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Do you have your own dog? If not, would you like to have your own dog? Are your dreams filled with dogs?

We recently found another great book from Mr William Wegman about a young guy who wants his very own dog.

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Electra really liked this book!

Chip Wants a Dog
by William Wegman
published by Penguin Young Readers in 2014
a Level 2/Guided Reading Level H

It begins –
Dogs!
Dogs! Dogs! Dogs!
Chip thinks about dogs.
Chip reads about dogs.
Chip dreams about dogs.
Chip wants a dog!

This is a hilarious book! Chip wants a dog! Chip IS a dog!! But he wants his own dog for a friend. He thinks about all of the things that he and his dog could do together. They would be best friends. But his parents don’t want a dog. His mom is a cat person. ARF! ARF!!

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What’s a fellow with big dreams to do?!

I won’t tell you what happens in the end! It’s a big surprise! You’ll have to read the book yourself and find out!

This book had me rolling on the floor. Electra didn’t get it. Walker had his own dream going on.

This week, May 12 – 18, is Children’s Book Week. A week to celebrate “books for young people and the joy of reading.” This is the 95th anniversary of this celebration!!! 95 years! I would like to know what books were celebrated 95 years ago. And think about all the books since then! Wow! Mind boggling!

CBW_Poster-smallYou can find out more about Children’s Book Week by clicking on the poster above.

Every week is a Children’s Book Week for me, but it’s nice to spread the celebrations around.

Check out Mr Wegman’s websites HERE and HERE.

I’ll leave you with a bit of Mr Wegman himself — enjoy!

I hope that your week is filled with Picture Books and dreams that come true!
Rhythm
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Mother Goose

We are at the end of April and poetry month and I thought I would close out the month with some really fine poetry. Short and sweet verses that are Rhythmic and thought provoking. Clever and full of magical imagery. It’s what poetry is all about —

IMG_5897Mother Goose is the quintessential poet. Her poems have it all – humor, tragedy, drama. They are loved far and wide by young and old alike. Mother Goose has been interpreted in countless ways over the ages. But by far the most fabulous representation of Mother Goose poetry comes from Mr William Wegman and his weimaraners.

I present to you –

Mother Goose
by William Wegman
published by Hyperion Books for Children in 1996

The Cast of Characters includes Batty, Chundo, Crooky, and Chip. And Buster as Old Mother Hubbard’s pup.

The book includes 19 classic Mother Goose nursery rhymes in astonishing vignettes. You won’t believe your eyes!!

IMG_5903Jack Sprat could eat no fat and his wife could eat no lean — had Electra wanting to eat the book!

William Wegman is an extraordinary creative genius. You can find out all about him at his website HERE. And HERE.
There is an interesting article about him at the Guardian HERE.

I have talked about some of his other works before — The Night Before Christmas HERE.
William Wegman’s ABC HERE.
One of his movies – The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold HERE.
And Flo and Wendell HERE.

I leave you with a performance of the ever popular Rub a Dub Dub – Three Men in a Tub

I wish for you a poetic week!
Your friend in the library
Rhythm
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Movie Night

I don’t watch movies too often. I usually find them a bit boring and use them as a time for cuddling and a good massage.

IMG_4736But for Christmas I received a really fantastic movie that I would like to howl about.

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The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold. A film by William Wegman. Starring Battina, Crooky, Chundo and Fay Ray. This movie was filmed in 1995 and was an official selection of the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. It is suitable for all ages.

I am a BIG fan of William Wegman. Well, I’m not really all that big, but I do love Mr Wegman! He is famous for his photos of his weimaraners. I have lots of his books and a couple of other films that he has done.

The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold is about amateur detectives, the Hardly boys, who are spending their summer vacation, as they do every summer, at the Hardly Inn in Maine. Their Dad likes to fish, Mom likes to play golf, and the boys have a secret clubhouse where they watch movies of the Rangeley Lakes area of Maine, and do some sleuthing.

In this adventure they happen upon a sinister plot by an evil nurse and caretaker to take over a local garnet mine and ruin the town’s water supply. Tension runs high as they search out clues and unravel the mystery. There is some incredible acting by all the stars. It had me on the edge of my seat!

IMG_4725I highly recommend this flick!! You can find it on Netflix or on Amazon Prime.

Here is a clip to give you a bit of a taste of the drama —

4 Paws up for this one!!
Happy Sleuthing
Rhythm

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Filled With Christmas Joy!

The Christmas Season is filled with joyful hustle and bustle. Trees come into the house. Empty spaces are filled with boxes and paper and ribbon. Intriguing aromas spread from the kitchen. Christmas music is everywhere. Decking the Halls and Jingling the Bells. A Holly, Jolly Christmas over and over again. Parties and parties and visits from family and friends. And then there are the presents!! Toys and boxes of treats and brand new tennis balls!!! Life couldn’t be better!

I don’t know about what goes on at your house. Maybe the same sorts of sensations, maybe you celebrate in different ways. But I’m guessing that a lot of you receive new books under your tree. Our Christmas tree seems to sprout them like roots. And not only  that, but our Best Girl Brenna was here to read them to us! Life couldn’t be better!

BGB presented us with a new William Wegman picture book. She knows how much I love Mr Wegman and his weimaraners.

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Flo & Wendell was published by Dial Books for Young Readers in 2013.

It stars brother and sister, Flo and Wendell and begins ” This is Flo. What’s your name? Is it Flo, too?” We learn that Flo is a very sophisticated young pup. She can read and write and tie her shoes. She paints like her artist father. (and very much like Walker!). Then we meet her little brother, Wendell, who likes to play hide and seek.

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He hides from Flo. She seeks. Sometimes. The two of them have lots of fun together. Sometimes, like most brothers and sisters, they have different ideas about fun. But at the end of the day, Flo likes to read and Wendell likes to listen. My kind of friends!!

Mr Wegman is a funny, talented gentleman. He loves his dogs. I love his artwork. You will love this book!

Another book that appeared under that Christmas tree is Baa Baa Black Sheep written and illustrated by Iza Trapani.

IMG_4695This book was published by Charlesbridge Publishing in 2001.

This is one cute tale stretching out the rhyme about the sheep with 3 bags full of wool. We don’t have sheep here, but we have goats and lots of bags of mohair. I would gladly give 3 bags full. And the sheep in this book gladly gives away her wool. But then she is faced with all the other farm animals who want other things from her. The kittens ask for milk, the mouse wants some cheese, the pig wants some slop, the horse wants some hay, and the dog wants a bone. But the poor sheep has none of these things. All she has is wool and all she does is knit. Throughout the whole story. The animals get angry with her and call her selfish, until they see that all along the sheep has been knitting things for each of the animals! This is a story about giving of yourself and sharing your talents. And you will receive much joy in return.

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I love the illustrations in this book. They are soft and fluffy and wooly looking. The sheep reminds me of our goat, Henry. She seems to be so content with what she has in her life. She has a great smile. Like Ms Trapani.

You can visit Ms Trapani at her website HERE

You can visit Mr Wegman and Flo and Wendell on Mr Wegman’s website HERE.

And now Christmas is over and the tree is gone, the boxes and paper and ribbons are all put away. The new books are on the shelves. BGB leaves tomorrow to go back to her other home and her other dogs. Time to greet a new year and return to the daily routine of school and library visits and a quiet house.

IMG_4697I hope you had a house full of JOY during this Christmas time.

Happy New Year
Rhythm

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Where Does Your Dog Go at Night?!

I’ve got a FUN book for you today!!! We came across this book at the library the other day. It would be a pretty good read aloud, but you really need to read it with your eyes. It’s called The Night I Followed The Dog by Nina Laden.

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Ms Laden is new to me, but I want to find some more of her books! This one was published by Chronicle Books in 1994. It begins – “I have a dog. Nothing exotic or special, just an ordinary dog.” The dog can play games and do tricks, but he’s boring. Then one morning, the boy makes a startling discovery. He sees a limousine park in front of his house, and his dog gets out! Wearing a tuxedo!

So the next night the boy decides to follow the dog and see what’s up. He follows the limo into the city where the dog gets out at a mysterious building with big brass doors. (Oh! I do love a mystery!) Inside he finds his dog is the boss dog of a kind of night club for dogs. A place where dogs can come hang out and relax and sit on sofas! There’s music and dancing and treats. The boy is amazed! So the boy heads back home on his bike thinking about what a cool dog he has!

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Now the really cool thing about this book is the WORDS! Look at this page. The words themselves are little pictures! I’m sure that there must be some big word for this, but I don’t know what it is. But it is just totally awesome! I think that kids would have a fun time creating word/pictures like these!

Now I’ve been thinking a lot about this book. What kind of secret life would I have if I were to have a secret night life? ( I personally like my sleep.)  I’m thinking that I would probably get some buddies together for a good ball game. Go to the park for a good game of baseball or soccer. That would be my kind of fun.

If you have a dog, what kind of secret life do you think that they would have?

Here for your pleasure is William Wegman’s Dog Baseball — EnJOY!

And I’m off to the library!

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The Night Before Christmas – with Mr. Wegman!

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William Wegman and his magical weimaraners are back for Christmas!
My PPBF pick for today is William Wegman’s version of The Night Before Christmas, starring Batty, Chip, Chundo, and Crooky.

This book was published in 2000 by Hyperion Books for Children. It is appropriate for ALL ages.

It is the classic Christmas tale written by Clement C. Moore for his family in 1822. Mr. Moore called his poem A Visit From St. Nicholas and it is probably now the most popular and well known Christmas story in history.

Mr. Wegman’s take on this story is quite unique. His dogs play the parts of reindeer, Santa, and all the other characters in the story. And they do a very fine job!!

IMG_5714Every year at Christmas, we read this book to the kindergarteners and pre-schoolers. Those kids LOVE it! You just can’t help but chuckle at that “right jolly old elf”!

I don’t really have any lesson plans for this book. It’s just a fun book to read. I suppose that you could talk about the history of The Night Before Christmas. And I’ll give you a link here. You might also act out the story with the kids as the reindeer and Santa. Or you might have a talk about how you train a dog to do these silly things!

Mr. Wegman and his dogs did quite a few bits for Sesame Street. Here is their take on Rub a Dub Dub.

If you would like to know more about Mr. Wegman here is a video interview with him talking about his work. It’s rather long, but worth the view.

Just remember — William WegmanThe Night Before Christmas. Check it out! You’ll be so glad you did!

And for more awesome Picture Book reviews visit Susanna Hill!

ABCs with Mr Wegman

It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday over at Susanna Hill’s and I’ve got a good one for you.

William Wegman’s ABC
Published by Hyperion Books in 1994

  I guess that this is a non-fiction book and I would recommend it for any age, but I guess especially for kids and dogs who are just learning to read.

ABC books are fabulous books. They’re open-ended and so can be anything that you want. They’re all about the pictures. And when you look at the pictures of the letters, you can make up whatever words you want to go along with them! When we look at ABC books with kids we make all the letter sounds and then make up all kinds of silly words to go along with the letters.

These books can be really FUN!  And this particular one is particularly perfect! I talked about William Wegman and his crazy dogs in my last post, but I’m happy to talk about him again. Mr. Wegman is a unique artist and his dogs are unique in the animal world.  Batty and Chundo and Fay Ray are the cleverest dogs around. In this ABC book, the dogs get together to form all the different letters!  Too, too clever!  But I can make letters, too!

W, U, V !!  And what does that spell? I don’t know. Wuv? — I wuv you?

If you wanted to share this book with your class, you could let your kids make the letters like Batty and Chundo and Fay Ray do.
You might also find some really fun alphabet stuff to do at Preschool Alphabet by Lindsy.
And you can find out more about William Wegman and all his dogs at his website.

And for your listening pleasure here are the Muppets and Ladysmith Black Mambazo

And Mr. Bobbie McFerrin singing the Alphabet Song!

I hope you go find this book at your library and check it out! You’ll be glad you did!

Remember — William Wegman ABC!

Farming with Kindergarten

We went to visit kindergarteners yesterday. Those kids sure know how to enjoy themselves!  We had a lot of fun with them.

My Mom Person did the reading and me and Walker got to listen and be loved on. What a life we have!
   

The book we chose was William Wegman’s Farm Days. We love William Wegman books at our house. I am fascinated by his dogs. They sure put up with a lot of wacky stuff. I’ve had to put up with a lot of crazy stuff with the Mom Person over the years, but I don’t think I have quite the patience that those Wegman dogs have.

Anyway, this book Farm Days is about Chip, the city boy, who goes to visit his country cousins, Batty and Crooky McDouble who live on a farm with Farmer Chundo McFay. Chip gets to help with all the farm chores — planting a vegetable garden, milking cows, mowing fields, and even being a scarecrow! Whew!!!  He thinks it’s all awfully hard work. It’s a pretty funny book and the kids laughed a lot. Especially when I was snoring just like Chip in the book!

We talked a lot about farms and chores. A lot of the kids live on farms with cows and horses and know all about the hard work. And they all have chores they have to do at home. I don’t have too many chores, just washing my food bowl, cleaning up crumbs on the floor, making the bed, keeping everybody on the right time schedule.

What kind of chores have to be done at your house? Do you plant gardens? Clean out barns? I like hearing about life in other houses. Farms, cities, animals, work, and play. Everybody’s life is sure different.

For more about William Wegman check out his website.

And check out Farm Days! You’ll be glad you did!