I discovered the story Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day quite unexpectedly but what a delightful surprise it turned out to be. This nearly wordless book tells the story of Carl, the family dog, who takes on the role of babysitter when Mommy goes out.
The illustrations completely tell the story and give a great jumping off point for discussion with children. What if a dog was in charge of looking after the baby? Well, as you might imagine, all sorts of interesting things happen.
Why I love wordless books:
- children learn to use the images as cues for the story
- there is no pressure to read the words correctly so anything goes
- they are great for building confidence in emerging readers
Sometimes, the best connections are made before even reading the story. In this case we had a visit to the preschool from a family’s new puppy. What a wonderful experience for all the children to see and pet the new puppy! I looked for a story about dogs to read after the puppy went home and this was the one that presented itself. We had a great discussion about dogs and babies and all the happenings in the book. I also love the Hairy Maclary series by Lynley Dodd. Those are more great books for preschoolers that feature all sorts of different breeds of dogs along with some really interesting language that expands children’s vocabulary.