Snuggle Puppy

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Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Cute pictures, rhymes in fun parent-child love poem.

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Educational Value

Sandra Boynton's Snuggle Puppy shows children's activities in different seasons. There's also a part at the end that encourages reading softly, then loudly.

Positive Messages

The parent in Snuggle Puppy sings a silly song to let the puppy know that the parent loves the puppy all the time.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Snuggle Puppy's dog parent is always loving and affectionate.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sandra Boynton's toddler book Snuggle Puppy shows a dog parent expressing love in rhyme to a little puppy. It's a simple, engaging poem about unconditional love, as the dog tells the puppy that "Everything about you is especially fine!" and "I love what you are. I love what you do." Fun, silly drawings of the puppy jumping into a pile of leaves or pulling a sled make this a fun tool for teaching toddlers about seasons. The book's loving message makes it a nice choice as a Valentine's Day gift from a parent or grandparent to a child.

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What's the story?

In the toddler book SNUGGLE PUPPY by Sandra Boynton, puppy and parent are baking cookies. The dog parent sings the puppy a little song of unconditional love: "Ooo! Snuggle Puppy of mine! Everything about you is especially fine! I love what you are. I love what you do." Meanwhile, Snuggle Puppy is shown doing a variety of kid activities: jumping into a pile of fall leaves, playing with a ball, pulling a sled. By the end of the poem, the cookies are baked, and the parent gives the puppy a big hug and kiss.

Is it any good?

Like Sandra Boynton's other toddler books, Snuggle Puppy creates a warm, fun feeling for children. This little love poem is cute and memorable, and the pictures are funny. Children enjoy returning to Boynton's books for their silly rhymes and entertaining illustrations, and they'll have fun pointing out simple objects and identifying different seasons and activities. The book's sweet, loving message makes it a nice Valentine's Day gift from a parent to a child.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about seasons. What does the puppy do in winter? What does the puppy do in summer? Is that what you like to do, too?

  • What are the puppy and dog doing while the dog sings this song?

  • What does the puppy like to play with?

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