Monday, April 12, 2004
Dog's Noisy Day: A Story to Read Aloud
Dodd, Emma. 2003. DOG’S NOISY DAY: A Story to Read Aloud. New York: Dutton Children’s Books. ISBN 0525470158 [Suggested Grade Levels Preschool-Kindergarten]
SUMMARY and ANALYSIS
Dog wakes up and hears a bird singing. His whole day consists of exploring the farm and listening to all the different noises. The rooster goes, “COCK-A-DOODLE-DO.” Dog tries to imitate the rooster’s crow but does not succeed. All the animals from the cow to the bumblebee have their own unique sound. At the end of the day, all his friends say goodbye in their own way. Dog eats dinner and goes to bed. However, he hears a new sound.
The text is in bold letters which makes it easy to read. Since the animal sounds are in capital letters, that makes it easy for kids to join in the reading. The pictures consist of simple shapes that are filled in with bright colors. She used a mixture of traditional drawing and digitally applied color. All the illustrations are so vivid that they could almost tell the story on their own. Dog’s wide eyes and big grin confirm his enthusiasm and curiosity. Dog is like a small child that is exploring the world around him.
The kids could reenact the book by making the sounds. Each child can imitate a different animal. Someone could also do the banging of the spoon on the plate.
Other stories about animal sounds:
Fleming, Denise. BARNYARD BANTER BOARD BOOK. ISBN 0805065946
Hort, Kenny. THE SEALS ON THE BUS. ISBN 0805059520
Other books by Dodd that could compared to this one:
DOG’S COLORFUL DAY: A MESSY STORY ABOUT COLORS AND COUNTING (PICTURE PUFFINS) ISBN 0142500194
By Christine Cortez