First of all, Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss! Hooray! PBS is having a marathon today of Cat In The Hat episodes. Check your local listings for times and channels. Also, be sure to pop on over to Seussville to enjoy fun and games. It’s also Read Across America Day! Go here for downloadables on how you can participate in this fun event.
Now back to today’s other important business!
This week’s Perfect Picture Book Friday selection is a family favorite: Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman
Title: Go, Dog. Go! Author/Illustrator: P.D. Eastman Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (June 12, 1966)
Themes: Beginning reading, humor, animals, colors, counting, concepts
Synopsis: With the use of just 75 words, this book for beginning readers is a delightful story with dogs, dogs and more dogs!
Amazon writes: Life lessons? Romance? Literary instruction? Go, Dog. Go! offers all this and more, wrapped up in one simply worded, warmly hued package… Not only will this book inspire peals of laughter in kids, it will also help them make the magical connection between those mysterious black squiggles on the page, and the words they hear and speak.
The canine cartoons make an elementary text funny and coherent and still one of the best around.— School Library Journal.
Beginner Books was co-founded by Phyllis Cerf with Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), and Helen Palmer Geisel (wife to Dr. Seuss). The first in this line, was Cat in the Hat which was published in 1958.
Here is a pdf of a flyer with all sorts of fun ideas for Go, Dog. Go!
And here is another pdf from Child’s Play.
Why I like this book: Besides being a family favorite, I love the humor of this book: “Do you like my hat?” ” I do not.” “Good bye.” “Good bye.”
The drawings are Suessical…is that a word? 🙂 But you know what I mean. The words are simple and catchy. Perfect for the beginning reader. I love P.D.’s other books also, such as Are You My Mother?. You can tell he was a A protégé of Dr. Seuss. His books have that same whimsical look to them and fun writing. You can also tell that he used to work for Disney. His characters have a look to them that reminds me of the vintage animated Disney characters. This book is also available in a small board book which is perfect for tiny hands. It is a shortened down version of the original.
And for your viewing pleasure, here is a video I found on Youtube. It is adorable:
3yr old Billy ‘reads’ Go, Dog. Go!
Perfect Picture Book Fridays are a weekly blog event where participants review some of their favorite picture books. The posts are compiled on author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website. They are categorized by theme to help parents, educators and readers find the perfect picture book easily. To learn more, please visit Susanna’s site where you will find the complete PPBF’s library.