Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Stories of Dogs (Read with Usborne, Level 3)

Stories of Dogs (Read with Usborne, Level 3)
Stories of Dogs Book Review

Stories of Dogs by Russell Punter is a book for confident readers.  This book is part of the Read With Usborne Reading Program.  I previously shared with you two other books in the Read with Usborne Reading Program, The Chilly Little Penguin in the Level 1 group for new readers and Elephants from the Level 2 group for developing readers.  Stories of Dogs is in the level 3 group for confident readers.  Later this week, I'll be sharing a book from the level 4 group which is intended as a step to chapter books.  Stories of Dogs is not part of the chapter book group but it does have 3 chapters so you can go ahead and introduce your young confident readers to chapters and teach them how to read a table of contents like the one shown in the photo below.

Stories of Dogs (Read with Usborne, Level 3)
Stories of Dogs, Table of Contents

Stories of Dogs

Stories of Dogs tells three different stories about three different dogs.  The first dog in the story, Sprite, is on his way to a dog show at the park.  His owner, Nick, wants to stop by the pet shop on their way to the park.  We are not told what Nick buys inside the store, but Sprite waits patiently outside licking his lips with high hopes that his owner returns with doggie chews.  While Nick is inside the store, a scruffy, smelly man steps on Sprite's paw.

Stories of Dogs (Read with Usborne, Level 3)
Stories of Dogs, Sample Page

Stories of Dogs (Read with Usborne, Level 3)
Stories of Dogs, Sample Page

At the dog show, Sprite meets other dogs including a snooty poodle named Lady Fifi Bonbon.  During the show, a judge notices the mud on Sprite's paw, reminding him of his encounter with the scruffy, smelly man.  Poor Sprite hobbles through the show with a less than desirable performance due to his sore, muddy paw.  Finally, when it is time to award the trophy to the winner, the judges discover that the trophy is missing.

Maybe Sprite will get his chance to show the judges what he can do after all.  You'll have to read the book to find out.  :)

The next story is about a dog named Titch who wants to be a top sheepdog like his dad.  His dad, Bryn, has won lots of medals but every time Titch tries to round up sheep, things go wrong.  Poor Titch is met with all kinds of troubles while trying to round up sheep.  One day, the shepherd whose name is Owen takes Bryn and Titch for a walk.  Titch tells his dad that he doesn't think he will ever be as good of a sheep dog as he is.  When a thick fog develops all around them, Titch loses sight of Bryn and Owen.  Titch hears a shout and a yelp.  Bryn and Owen are in trouble.

When the stakes are high, can Titch put his dad's sheep-herding tricks to use in order to save Bryn and Owen?  At the end of the story, Titch doesn't get an award for sheep-herding.  He gets an award for something else, something more valuable.  You'll have to read the book to find out what happens to Bryn and Owen and to find out what kind of award Titch gets.

The third story in Stories of Dogs is about a group of rescue dogs who live at a shelter owned by Mr. Tike.  Mr. Tike's dog home is all creaky but he can't afford to repair it so he must sell the dog home along with the dogs who live there.  Bob the collie and Pip the pointer hope the new owner is as nice as Mr. Tike.  One day, Mr. Wink and Mrs. Hood show up to buy the doggy home.  The dogs notice Mrs. Hood's sickly smile.  Will Mr. Wink and Mrs. Hood treat the dogs as well as Mr. Tike had treated them?  They certainly make some changes . . . changes that Mr. Tike never would have made.  The dogs need to get away.  Heidi the dachshund manages to squeeze through the cage.

Can Heidi free the other dogs?  Who are Mr. Wink and Mrs Hood?  Why did they want to buy Mr. Tike's doggy home if they don't even like dogs?

The story of Mr. Tike's home for dogs has a heart-warming ending that will make every dog-loving child want to read it over and over again.

Stories of Dogs mentions several different breeds of dogs.  Either before or after the story, take a few minutes to talk with your child about different dog breeds and the unique characteristics of each one.  There are many things you can do to teach your children about dogs and how to properly care for them.  Here are several that I found around the internet.

Learn How to Care for Dogs

Teach your children to be kind to animals and learn to make special dog treats.

Print out a dog parent checklist to help you become a better pet parent.

Learn about super foods that are good for your dog.

Find out about the best chews and toys for your Doodle mixed breed.

Here are 10 life hacks for dog owners.

Essential oils are all the craze right now.  Learn which oils are safe for your pets and which ones are harmful.

Learn how to properly bathe your dog.

Read about how to protect your dog's feet.

Here are several great tips about keeping your dog's teeth healthy.

Dogs need exercise.  Make your dog an obstacle course.  Here's how.

Dog Crafts and Activities for Kids

Make a cute little puppy face from paper plates and paints.

Doggie Hand Puppets

Sort and Classify Dogs. (This one is PERFECT to go along with Stories of Dogs)

Start a Dog Park and  Print Out a Dog BINGO Sheet . . . wait, make that a B-A-R-K-O sheet.

Dog Color Matching Activity for Preschool and Pre-K Kiddos

Play Feed the Dog.

Build a Dog Kennel (a STEM activity).

Enjoy Dog Color by Number Printables.

Make Shape Dogs and a Few Other Fun Doggie Things.

Train Up a Future Veterinarian Using These Animal Clinic Printables

More Dog Books from Usborne Books

Usborne Books are high quality educational books for children across a wide range of ages, grade levels, and reading levels. 

All Better

All Better
All Better

Dog hurt his foot, Sheep scratched her tummy and Bear sat on a splinter! What will make everything all better? Clean it, kiss it and put a bandage on it! Young readers will delight in the five animal friends’ misadventures and be eager to help make things “all better” with the five reusable and repositionable stickers. 


How do dogs say hello? Which kind of dog can't bark? Why do some dogs bury their toys? Find the answers and more in this charming beginning reader, with recommended web sites.
Dogs in Space
Dogs in Space

Meet Belka and Strelka, two stray dogs from Moscow who, in1960, became the first animals to orbit Earth and return home safely. Including additional information about the space race and other animals in orbit, this is an ideal STEM title for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. 
Dogs, Dogs
Dogs, Dogs

Dogs, dogs are everywhere.

Look at all the dogs out there!

Little, sad, pretty lazy, fast, dirty - there are as many different kinds of dogs as there are kinds of kids! Which one are you like? Check the mirror in the back of the book to see. Are you shaggy? Stubborn? Or just doggone happy to have a new dog book to share?

Please visit kanemiller.com for more resources (games, puzzles, activities etc.) to accompany the books. 
Visit Usborne Books and More here for more books about dogs for your child's home library.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Love Where You Are (from the Love Where You Live Series)

Love Where You Are is the last installment in our Love Where You Live series.  In the Bible, Jesus tells us that we are to be His witnesses in areas all around us and beyond; even to the remotest parts of the earth.  God is clear about what He wants us to do.

The following are my Bible study notes based on my pastor's sermon titled "Love Where You Are."  You are invited to watch, listen and worship with us here.

Wherever we live and work, God has placed us there.  We are to take the message of Jesus to dark places.  How do we do this?

How to Love Where You Are

1.  Be present.

Wherever you are, be all there!  Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God. - Jim Elliot

Let's not be preoccupied or distant.  Be ready for whatever God wants you to do wherver you are right now.

As born again believers, we have the power of the Holy Spirit.
Some of His disciples then said to one another, “What is this thing He is telling us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’; and, ‘because I go to the Father’?” - John 16:17

When Jesus went up, the Holy Spirit came down.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Love Where You Live (from the Love Where You Live Series)

Love Where You Live is the third installment in our Love Where You Live Series.  First we covered the topic Love Your Neighbors.  The second installment covered Loving Others Well.  In this third installment of the series, we are covering more about the series title, Love Where You Live.

The following are my Bible study notes based on my pastor's sermon.  You are invited to watch, listen, and worship with us here.

If you live in the same region as me (north Georgia), 6 out of 10 people do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ.  That's the statistic my pastor gives us in the video above and I want to stress here that we live in the heart of the Bible Belt.  Growing up here in the deep south, I never would have believed that 6 out of 10 people would not have a relationship with the Lord.  If you ask, most people might say they are Christians, but it is heartbreaking to me that so many people don't what the difference between attending Sunday morning services and having a real growing relationship with Christ.  There is a big difference.
And I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always, for their own good and for the good of their children after them. - Jeremiah 32:39

We need a singular focus, a singular mission to point people to Jesus.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."  And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.  And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. - Acts 1:8-10
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