Michael K. Frith, a Dog, and 100 Words
Written: Jun 11, 2012
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Pros:Funny Story, Educational, Entertaining
Cons:Illustrations are average
The Bottom Line: Teaching the dog 100 words, is easier than it appears to be. My dog still just says "woof."
"I'll Teach My Dog 100 Words," by Michael K. Frith, is a very popular book for small children. It is a hit with my son, and countless others around the world. Having been in print for well over thirty years, you can find it for a low price, and spend quality time bonding with a little one over this story. There's nothing complex here, this is for two to three year olds. Yet, its fun for adults too, and is great for bonding time. Never is it too early either, to encourage a love of reading.
The key to this book being so productive, is the one hundred words. You can learn that many from it, with most of them being four or five letters long. No, not those ones! Its spoken from a first person perspective, and of course all of us love dogs. The one featured here, is a brown one, with droopy ears, and a red collar. He certainly looks friendly enough, and is also helpful in assisting little ones with understanding, not to be afraid of dogs too.
Throughout the story, the narrator who's blue shirt is hidden behind various objects, teaches the dog how to do a lot of tasks. These include activities such as painting a road, jumping the fish tank, brushing the bear, and mopping the mouse. Yes, it is funny, and its whimsical nature makes it worthy of reading. I have enjoyed it as well, although the main point of reading, is of course for my son to learn words. The pictures are a bit old fashioned, and are not going to win any awards, but they are good enough to see what animal or place is part of the main subject.
This book has a read time of roughly ten to fifteen minutes. Usually the hold ups involve my son, looking at a picture or asking a question about, what the dog is doing. That alone shows this book has merit, and the rhyming cadence makes it fun to read. You can really get into this book, and I don't know how many times we have opened its cover. The illustrations were completed by P.D. Eastman, and this is a "Bright and Early"Book. I recommend it, and especially at its low price at a yard sale or on line, its a good bet for those times together experiencing the joys of reading.
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