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What Is Your Dog Doing?    by Marilyn Singer & Kathleen Habbley order for
What Is Your Dog Doing?
by Marilyn Singer
Order:  USA  Can
Atheneum, 2011 (2011)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This picture book for children three years of age and older revolves around the fact that dogs do much, much more than just sit, bark and wag their tails.

The rhymed text shows a variety of dogs engaged in activities such as protecting a bone, guiding a person who needs assistance, herding sheep and paddling in a pond.

Some dogs get into mischief by pulling a tablecloth off a table to get at cupcakes. Others are in disgrace because they have either tracked mud into the house or decided to chew on the stuffing they have pulled out of a big, plush chair. Bad dogs!

Then there are the high profile dogs. There's one that lives with the First Family in the White House, another that performs in the circus, and a third canine that is so famous he is driven around in a limousine. He probably stars in movies.

After viewing all the activities the dogs featured in this picture book engage in, the author ends by asking, 'Tell me, what is your dog doing?' That's a pretty good question, unless you just happen to have a goldfish, hamster, bird or cat as a pet!

Not only does this book feature illustrations of a number of different dogs, but the limited text also provides good practice for a child just beginning to master the art of reading. After a couple of readings your child should be able to help you read this book aloud.

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