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City Dog, Country Dog [Kindle Edition]

Susan Stevens Crummel , Dorothy Donohue
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Vincent van Dog and Henri T. LaPooch are two very different dogs. When Henri visits Vincent in the country, he finds it a little too slow for his taste. And when Vincent travels to the city to visit Henri, the noise and bustle overwhelm him. It looks as if their friendship is doomed--until the two agree to meet somewhere neutral – at the beach! This bright, humorous book is a thoroughly original spin on the Aesop's fable, “The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse.”

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About the Author

SUSAN STEVENS CRUMMEL had some firsthand experience before writing Ten-Gallon Bart. As a high school teacher in Texas, one of her extra-curricular duties was sponsoring the rodeo club. Little did she know she’d have to ride a steer in the sponsor’s rodeo. "As I clung to the beast’s gigantic horns, I decided that the following year, I’d go back to coaching the math team!" she said. Susan also likes to tell stories about her great-great uncle Harvey Doyle, an expert rider and trick roper in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in the early 1900s. Besides collaborating with Dorothy Donohue on three other picture books, she has collaborated with her sister, Janet Stevens, on The Great Fuzz Frenzy, And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!, and Jackalope.

DOROTHY DONOHUE says that her dog Bart inspired Ten-Gallon Bart and Ten-Gallon Bart and the Wild West Show. Besides the books she’s done with Susan Stevens Crummel, she has also illustrated If Frogs Made Weather by Marion Bane Bauer and Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe by Susan Patron. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband James, their two children, and their two dogs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9307 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (5 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009DOOOC4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #529,847 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 28 Aug. 2014
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Prompt delivery. Lovely little book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two funny and witty authors pick an Aesop's beloved fable, upgrading mice to dogs! 5 April 2013
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Two funny and witty authors pick an Aesop's beloved fable, of two mice, but decided to keep the French milieu. The page wide illustrations are ornamented with texture, bright colors, and French humor. Artworks simulated a childlike style with miniature van Gogh stamps and Toulouse-Lautrec posters intruded into the graphics, that appeal to kids, anyway.

This funny book with impressive and novel unconventional artwork, ornamented with texture, in dark and bright colors, reminds me with the everything bagels, topped with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, garlic, onion and salt. French words are all about the text with meanings and pronunciation that the six years old, would not bother to listen to, nor could retain.

As a grandpa, who can be puzzled by grandchildren tricky questions in the curious ages of five and seven, I was not sure I understand the underpinning of the adapted characters, and theme of country contra city, although I found the book engaging for the younger kid. While evading the tricky questions of the curious older one, the only clue was on the last page!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and educational 20 April 2013
By Marilyn Dalrymple - Published on
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This story tells how two opposite friends managed to hang on to their friendship no matter their differences. That's a good lesson in itself. The book is also educational, though, because readers are introduced to Vincent van Gogh and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. There are catchy plays on words and wonderful illustrations.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderfully quaint story of two very special pals, Henri and Vincent ... 27 April 2013
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It was time for everyone to head to the art school to begin lessons. There were two students, Vincent van Dog and Henri T. LaPooch, who simply seemed to have nothing in common. Nothing. Nada. Not a darn thing. Henri was a city dog and Vincent was a country dog. They started right off the bat getting in trouble and Madame Fifi had to scold them. "Ècoutez! You're making too much noise!" And so the two dogs were in the doghouse. Everything about them was so opposite, including the way they painted. Why "Vincent painted beautiful flowers" while "Henri painted beautiful dancers," but nevertheless, the doggone dogs became friends.

Henri and Vincent promised that they would write and visit one another. Yes, indeed, Henri went down the yellow cobblestone path to the country to have a picnic with Vincent. Not very likely that Henri was going to like all that "green stuff" his buddy was serving up and the forks were not to be seen. The only thing he could see were ants on his food. "Eat `em," declared Vincent, "They make it crunchy!" No, Henri was not a country boy. When Vincent went to the city, Henri took him to the Cafè Bow-Wow. Certainly there should be something good to eat, but Vincent was not all that pleased when he asked "What are those squishy brown things?" Why escargots of course. Yum! Vincent was not a city boy. How could two dogs so very different ever become friends?

This is a wonderfully quaint story of two very special pals, Henri and Vincent. Of course the two dogs are "really" Vincent van Gogh and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, two very different painters who became fast friends in spite of their differences. Many children can also make friends with others in spite of theirs. It was quite charming when Henri and Vincent were writing to each other, but when the city boy and the country boy met up, things were not much fun. The artwork, cut paper collage and acrylics, was quite fun and very detailed. In the back of the book is a brief biographical sketch of the artists and a challenge to find six of their paintings interspersed throughout the text. This is a fun book that will familiarize young students with the artists while learning about special friendships.
5.0 out of 5 stars Experts from Gilmore Elementary in Texas agree... 30 Mar. 2013
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While I usually read and review adult books, with grandsons now of reading age I decided to accept a couple of children's titles to provide a different twist on these reviews. Instead of me stumbling through the books, I thought: Why not contact the experts? So, I gave CITY DOG, COUNTRY DOG to my seven-year-old grandson, Grayson Schreiber, and told him, "Take it to school."

He returned a few days later with a full review from his first-grade classmates and their teacher, Nancy Meengs, at Gilmore Elementary south of Houston. Their verdict was an unqualified 50 thumbs up.

"As a teacher, I would definitely use this story as a mentor text in my first grade class," said Meengs, noting that one of the authors, S.S. Crummel, actually had visited the campus at Gilmore last fall. Meengs continued: "There is so much that can be taught from it."

Besides the basics of word recall, punctuation and history, she said CITY DOG, COUNTRY DOG can stimulate "higher-level thinking skills." The class took a vote and most decided they "loved it."

With its sporadic use of French words, the book provided the class with exposure to a different culture and fit her needs for early reading lessons. She said: "We look for details in pictures, look for and understand morals, connect to ourselves, predict and infer. This story has all of that, and it's a fun story to read and listen to."

She shared some direct comments from her students as well. One enjoyed the different languages and the opportunity to learn new words. Another like the country dog for its resemblance to a Golden retriever. Another enjoyed seeing famous paintings in the art. And another student summarized the story: "It taught us that no matter how different the dogs are, they can still like each other."
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful illustrations, fun story! 7 May 2013
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One professional reviewer calls City Dog, Country Dog "A great read-aloud picture book," and that it is as my grandchildren, ages 3 and 5 can attest. Dorothy Donohue's illustrations were done in layered, textured papers, acrylic paint and colored pencil and they are colorful and fun. Explaining how layered papers were used to create dog fur, ocean waves and haystacks, etc., is part of the fun of reading and showing this book to them. And when you get to the end, on the inside of the back cover are reproductions of famous paintings (e.g., Van Gogh's Starry Night) that the reader is invited to find the dog versions of inside the book (kids love this feature when this book is used at bedtime, as it gives them an opportunity to further delay their actual bedtime).

I was not familiar with the Aesop's fable from which City Dog, Country Dog was adapted but now that I've read Aesop's "The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse" I can say that City Dog, Country Dog is similar but also very different, especially in terms of the ending. Aesop's fable implies that country life is better than city life, while the moral of City Dog, Country Dog is, "Hooray for differences!" (And as someone who grew up in Manhattan and has lived in SF and near Chicago and now lives in a rural area, I agree.)

This is an oversized soft-cover book, about 10 1/4" x 9 1/4", printed on good weight and quality semi-glossy paper that does the fine illustrations justice.
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