Frank Asch is on my entering kindergartener's Summer Reading List and I (we: boy and girl; 3 and 5) have read a great many of them. Mr. Asch's books are inevitably wonderful, with simple, delightful illustrations and gentle stories.
This book is a little different however in that it shows puppies being born. Well, to be honest, the illustrations are not exactly graphic and my two children (boy and girl; 3 and 5) certainly didn't 'grasp' that the puppies were coming out of the mommy dog. A fact, which allows me (and you) the opportunity to point this out, or not.
Personally, I plan to point this out at a latter time.
But in any case, this is a wonderful book about a puppy who happens to be last in doing many things. He is last to be borne, the last to eat and open his eyes, and the last to learn to drink from a saucer. He is even the last one in the doghouse at night.
None of these things seem to matter though until it comes time to find a new home. The last puppy becomes distressed when he is constantly not chosen by visitors. And then one day, a little boy comes and gets him. He laughs and says, "You know what? You're my first puppy."
Five Stars. A great book with a good kid's story with plenty of opportunity to teach life lessons.
Note: there are cute stories at the www.frankasch.com website read by the author. My kids love it.