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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Dog Readers: Beginner Collection 1 by Lucy Simon reminds us that dogs respond to simple commands such as sit, stay, and down. They have to be trained, though, and the trainer must be kind, patient, and consistent. Dogs also do cute things on their own, like hug, sniff, hide, and may even jump off their owner’s back to catch a Frisbee. The book is divided into three sections. Sit Dog uses words that can command, like sit, but also describe the fun things dogs do best, like chew, lick, and jump. The second section, My Dog, describes all the accessories that are needed, like a bed, a mat, and, yes, a mop, because all dogs leave behind something that needs to be cleaned up. The final section, Flip Dog, is about opposites, which is a good way to introduce the concept of opposites to young readers while, at the same time, pointing out some of the things that are good for dogs as well as those that aren’t.
Lucy Simon’s picture book Dog Readers uses simple, repetitive wording, pointing out various fun traits about dogs and how to train them while teaching the young reader to recognize these words. The illustrations are colorful photographs of dogs demonstrating the simple phrase on the accompanying page. In the second section line drawings are used to add one dog accessory after another. This is a clever and fun way to introduce dog words to a child’s reading vocabulary as well as teach them important things about dogs and doggy care. Children can help look after the family dog, as well as enjoy them. You are never too young to appreciate the love one can share with these furry friends.