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Dog and Bear : two friends, three stories
Uniform Title:
Short stories. Selections



1st ed.
Publication Information:
New Milford, Conn. : Roaring Brook Press, 2007.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
"A Neal Porter book."
Bear in the chair -- Play with me! Play with me! -- Dog changes his name.
Three easy-to-read stories reveal the close friendship between Dog and Bear.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader LG 1.3 0.5 114233.

Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.3 0.5 114233.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.7 1 Quiz: 41321.


Call Number
JP See
JP See

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Laura Vaccaro Seeger's highly praised concept books have introduced children to colors, opposites, emotions, and the alphabet. Now she guides children on the first steps to reading with three sweet, funny stories about a stuffed bear and a frisky dachshund who happen to be best friends. Simple, engaging texts and bright, colorful pictures make this a perfect book for emergent readers to read by themselves or to share with friends. And in Dog and Bear, readers will discover two chaming characters, ready to take their place on the shelves next to Henry and Mudge, Frog and Toad, and George and Martha.

Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories is the winner of the 2007 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Picture Books. This title has Common Core connections.

Author Notes

Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator. Laura is also a 2-time Caldecott Honor Award winner as well as a winner of the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book, and a 2-time winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award. She is also the recipient of the Empire State Award for Body of Work and Contribution to Children's Literature.

Laura's paintings have been exhibited in many museums and galleries including the Art Institute of Chicago and the New York Public Library.

Laura earned her BFA degree at the School of Fine Art and Design at the State University of New York at Purchase. She moved to Manhattan to begin a career as an animator, artist, designer, and editor in the network television business. She created show openings and special segments for NBC and ABC for many years and won an Emmy Award for an NBC Special opening animation.

Laura is the author of the Dog and Bear Series, First the Egg, Green, I Had a Rooster, Lemons are Not Red, One Boy, The Hidden Alphabet, Walter was Worried, and What If?

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 6

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-In this endearing picture book, a tail-wagging dachshund and a multicolored stuffed bear star in three tales about friendship. In the first, Dog wants to go outside, but Bear is perched atop a tall chair and can't get down. It takes encouragement and ingenuity, but the pooch eventually helps his pal descend; unfortunately, Bear's scarf has been left behind. Next, Dog wants to play and brings out numerous toys, but Bear is busy reading. At last, he closes his book and asks, "What shall we do?," and the pup appears with a stack of volumes ("Read to me!"). Finally, Dog decides to change his name. Bear points out that none of the traditional canine choices is suitable, imagining what his friend would be like if he were called Spot (speckled with colorful dots), Fluffy (pink, with a cotton-candy body), or Prince (dressed in royal regalia). They reach a consensus when Bear suggests "My Best Friend Dog" (Dog for short). The characters and a few highlighted objects are drawn with thick black lines, colored with bright variegated hues, and set against white backdrops. The eye-catching artwork shines with humor and warmth. Told with simplicity and charm, this story is appropriate for sharing aloud or for newly confident readers.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

As inventive and fresh as Seeger's Hidden Alphabet, the three gentle stories in this inspired collection are utterly charming. Emerging readers will take to the rambunctious dachshund and winsome stuffed bear, and will find the bold font of the economical text easy to follow. Each story's conflict is satisfyingly resolved with a surprise ending that reflects these unique individuals. When Dog rattles off his inappropriate suggestions for changing his boring name, Bear suggests that Dog change his name to "My Best Friend Dog." Dog is delighted, but then blithely suggests that Bear call him "Dog for short." The uncluttered illustrations, in thick black line and swirling bright watercolor wash, work seamlessly with stories that rely on humor both child-centered and unexpected. When Dog coaches the timid bear off of a high chair ("Take one step. One little, tiny step"), their faces deftly mirror their emotions. Seeger comically combines Bear's narration of a story he is trying to read with Dog's rambunctious pleas ("Play with me! Play with me!"). When Bear finally puts his book down and asks what they should play, dog answers, "Read to me! Read to me!" After turning the last page, young readers will beg the same for this enchanting trio of tales. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

(Preschool, Primary) Stories about a pair of friends almost always hark back to the enduring richness found in Lobel's Frog and Toad tales. This duo is worthy of the comparison, as in three brief stories the reader quickly becomes attached to Dog and Bear, and feels their connection. One nice comedic twist here is that Bear, with his multicolored body and visible buttons for joints, is a teddy bear, while Dog, in every pose, is a real dachshund. Some of their interaction is based on that difference, as when Bear is stuck up high on a chair and the more mobile Dog comes up with the solution (Bear slides down Dog's back). In the second story, Dog offers a wide variety of toys in very canine fashion in an effort to entice the engrossed-in-reading Bear to play. The third story is a very funny sequence of sight gags in which Dog considers alternative names for himself, and Bear envisions what a dog named Spot or Fluffy or Prince would look like. As in all successful friendship stories, the balance keeps shifting between the two, with Dog and Bear taking turns being the friend-in-need and the friend indeed; and each story comes to a small, satisfying finish. The stark white backgrounds highlight the actions of the two characters, who are drawn with robust black ink outlines and filled in with paint in five colors using thick, visibly uneven brush strokes, giving the pictures an energetic, endearingly childlike quality. Copryight 2007 of The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

A stuffed bear and an ebullient dachshund, best of friends, are introduced to beginning readers in three sweet chapters. In "Bear in the Chair," Dog encourages a frightened Bear to come down and play, eventually finding an inventive use for his long, slippery back; in "Play with Me! Play with Me!" Bear does his best to concentrate on his book while Dog pesters him mercilessly; and in "Dog Changes His Name," Dog tries on identity after inappropriate identity, until Bear helps him to the very best solution possible. Seeger moves from the concept book she has become known for to the classic friendship book with ease, her just-right dialogue developing her characters swiftly and cleanly. The two friends parade across a white background, rendered in quick, bold lines and bright colors. Full-page illustrations, which often employ startling perspectives, alternate with small panels to advance the stories, each of which forms a satisfying whole and simultaneously relates to the others within the larger framework of the book. The larger-than-usual trim size ensures a happy crossover between early readers and read-alouds--a great gift for both audiences. (Picture book/early reader. 4-8) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Seeger, whose Black? White! Day? Night! (2006) was a 2007 Booklist Editors' Choice, introduces a pair of endearing animal friends in this winning picture book. Bear is a multicolored stuffed toy; Dog is a playful, rowdy dachshund. In three distinct stories, Bear and Dog solve problems, tussle, and enjoy the warm feelings that friendship brings. In the first episode, Dog helps timid Bear down from a high stool. In the second, Dog wants to play, but Bear needs some quiet time alone. And in the final story, Dog suffers a small identity crisis, but Bear helps him recognize that he is just fine as he is. The distinct stories give this the feel of a beginning chapter book, and Seeger's minimal text is perfectly paced for new readers, who will love the dose of humor at each story's close. In pictures as spare and charming as the text, Seeger captures preschoolers' expressions and body language in her animals, painted in elemental shapes lined in black and set against empty white backgrounds that keep the focus squarely on the characters. Young children who have discovered their own first best friends will recognize the highs and lows, and they'll want to add Bear and Dog to their list of favorite animal pals. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2007 Booklist

New York Review of Books Review

WHEN my son was a baby, he had two ways of reviewing a new book. If he liked it, he would say "Den!" at the end, for "again." If he didn't like it, he would singsong "Dah-doy," for "goodbye." Sometimes, "dah-doy" came right in the middle of the book - a very negative review. A few months later, he added "too bore" to the review lineup. Neither of the picture books under consideration here is too bore, which is lucky for parents who will probably be ordered to read them den and den. Each is about a pair of animal friends, and each is 100 percent adorable, but they're so different that you should really get them both. Let's start with "Dog and Bear," by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, for no reason except that there can never be enough books with dachshunds in them (though this one already received one honor in June - the Boston Globe/Horn Book award for best picture book). Dog's best friend is Bear, a multicolored teddy with nice buttons at his joints. In the book's three stories, Dog and Bear take turns acting babyish and grown-up. Bear is too scared to get out of a tall chair. Dog offers a variety of reassuring suggestions that Bear completely ignores; then he helps Bear slide down his long dachshund back. Next, Dog wants to play with Bear, but Bear would rather read. While Dog rolls around in an agony of impatience - "Play with me! Play with me!" - Bear patiently tries to explain that sometimes people (or bears) need time to themselves. It doesn't work. In the third story, Dog decides to change his name, much the way my 4-year-old daughter once announced that from then on she would be Megan instead of Laura. "What about Fluffy?" Dog asks. "You are not fluffy," Bear points out. In the end, of course, Dog goes back to being himself, just as Laura turned back into Laura after about 10 minutes of being called Megan. The great thing about animal picture books is that when you read them, you don't have to say to your child, "See? That's how you act sometimes." The message can weave its spell without ham-handedness, and both parent and child get what's going on without feeling preachy or preached to. "FABIAN ESCAPES," by Peter McCarty, is the sequel to the Caldecott Honor-winning "Hondo and Fabian." McCarty's subtly tinted illustrations have a still, dreamy, almost ghostlike quality that's rare in picture books for very young children. Fabian is a cat with wonderfully short legs and a little smile; Hondo is a dog with a worried look and tiny, deepset eyes, like currants in bread dough. One of the book's best pictures shows Hondo's back half as he's going into the house. The author gets extra credit for realizing that a dog's hind legs and tail make just as good a subject as his face. The text is equally endearing; McCarty knows just which words to pare away. "Fabian on the windowsill, Hondo on the floor - two sleepy pets in their favorite places," the book begins. Think how much less effective this sentence would have been with verbs! Instead, it sounds at once young and timeless, like all the best bedtime stories. "'Wake up, Hondo! Let's go for a walk!'" begs Fabian, but Hondo's not in a walking mood. So Fabian takes off around the neighborhood while Hondo pokes around the house. ("Hondo goes to the kitchen. He stops to smell the butter and eats it") Fabian meets the neighbors - some dogs who are "happy to play chase with their new friend" and Hondo endures being dressed up by the baby. Both cat and dog then hide from their tormentors until they can be reunited. It's a simple story, but completely satisfying. And those currant-y eyes! I can't stop looking at them. Ann Hodgman's forthcoming book is a memoir, "The House of a Million Pets."