Monday, July 11, 2011

Charlie the Ranch Dog - Book Introduction

Charlie the Ranch Dog

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061996556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061996559
Book flap description: The adventures of Charlie, basset hound ranch dog, and his sidekick, Suzie.

The Queen's Take
Charlie the Ranch Dog has long floppy ears and short legs. His friend, Suzie, has long legs and is very fast. Charlie works hard on the ranch, when he's not eating, sleeping, looking for critters under the stairs, eating, sleeping, helping in the garden, sleeping, and in general, sleeping.

No, Charlie isn't exciting, nor adventurous. He's actually quite lazy. However, he is adorable and the farm pictures are beautiful. Suzie, of course, does most of the work, and her antics along with the other little critters will make for some great discussions after reading. You can also view this book at the Barnes and Noble storytime page being read by the author, Ree Drummond, herself.

Discussion Questions:
1. Who does most of the work? Charlie or Suzie?
2. What words would you use to describe Charlie? Write them down.
3. What words would you use to describe Suzie? Write them down, too.
4. Compare the words you listed. Are they opposites? What else do you see about the list you made?
5. Look at all the critters in the book. Which ones are considered wild animals and which ones are considered ranch, or domesticated, animals?

(If you're children aren't sure what domesticated means, look it up. Remember my adage: The Dictionary is Your Friend!!)

Here is a video that Ree Drummond made about her book Charlie the Ranch Dog, and her life on the ranch. See how many similarities you can find between the book and her real daily life. Then come back on Wednesday for some fun activities on the royal ranch-lands.

The Queen.

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