Dog Readers

Beginner Collection 1

Children - Preschool
80 Pages
Reviewed on 02/26/2023
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Author Biography

Lucy Simon is the author of the Dog Readers: Beginner series of leveled easy readers. Lucy is a teacher, curriculum designer, and dog-lover. When she’s not reading or writing, Lucy loves to find treasures at garage sales, make smoothies and go camping with her family.

    Book Review

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.

Gina Giordano

Dog Readers: Beginner Collection 1 by Lucy Simon is written in simple repetitive text that is perfect for young readers. It is engaging and the pictures will keep little ones wanting to come back to reread, which will help them to practice even more. Young children will learn about dogs as well as vocabulary and concepts such as opposites. A must have for dog lovers learning to read.

Kim Farrell

This is a sweet book for children who are just starting their reading journey! With its short and simple phrases, accompanied by straightforward illustrations and photos, this book provides an excellent platform for children to develop their reading skills. Each page is thoughtfully designed to align the text with the corresponding image, making it easy for young readers to comprehend and enjoy the reading experience.

The text itself is cute and simple, which helps children grasp the basics of reading while building their confidence. The use of familiar and relatable subject matter - dogs - further enhances engagement, especially for little ones who have a fondness of these furry companions. I believe this book would be a valuable resource for parents, teachers and caregivers alike!