Snow Dog, Go Dog

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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Boy and dog play in the snow in fun rhyming book.

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Educational Value

Kids learn about rhyming words, dog behavior, and pet ownership.

Positive Messages

Snow Dog, Go Dog imparts positive messages about frolicking in the snow, especially with dogs.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Tinka the dog and the young boy in her family have a sweet, highly engaged relationship.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the picture book Snow Dog, Go Dog (the third book in a series that also includes Fun Dog, Sun Dog and Cool Dog, School Dog) shows a child and a dog frolicking in the snow and having adventures. Deborah Heiligman's exuberant and often silly rhymes and Tim Bowers' colorful illustrations add to the fun.

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What's the story?

SNOW DOG, GO DOG, part of a series that also includes Fun Dog, Sun Dog and Cool Dog, School Dog, features the silly antics of Tinka the golden retriever with the family who adopted her. Here, Tinka and her boy make the most of the fun possibilities -- sliding, sledding, hide-and-seek, and more.

Is it any good?

Snow Dog, Go Dog celebrates the joy of a wagging, playful pet who's always there to greet you, play with you, act silly, and share adventures. Rhyming and repetition, along with lively, colorful illustrations, capture the pure delight of connecting with beloved animals. Dog-loving kids will enjoy Tinka's silliness and the way her boy cares for her. Parents will like the way rhyming and repetition make language as much fun as playing in the snow with your dog.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why many kids -- and grown-ups -- love stories about dogs. What's your favorite dog story?

  • Have you read the other books about Tinka and her family? What's your favorite? What adventure do you think they'll have next?

  • When Tinka gets lost, how does her family show that they love her? How does she show that she loves them?

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