Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories
Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories
Laura Vaccaro Seeger
ISBN 9781596430532
Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook, 2007.
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winner
5 stars
Keywords: bears dog-and-two-three-stories dogs friendship humor laura-vaccaro-seeger

Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Energetic Dog and thoughtful Bear may be different, but they feel just the same about the importance of their friendship. In each of these three brief but satisfyingly complete stories, Dog and Bear resolve a conflict in a way that’s true to their characters. In one, Dog wants to change his “boring” name, so Bear suggests that Dog change it to “My Best Friend Dog.” The furry fellow loves the idea, then tells Bear that he can call him “Dog for short.” Bear is stranded on a high chair in another tale, and Dog coaxes his frightened friend down, bit by bit (“Take one step. One little tiny step”). Seeger, whose background is in animation, uses ample white space on the pages to keep the focus on her boldly outlined, colorful characters. A simple text and a preponderance of dialogue make her books about Dog and Bear ideal for youngsters just starting to recognize letters or beginning to read on their own. (If your youngsters love this one, they will also enjoy Dog and Bear: Two’s Company, ISBN 9781596432734.)
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