Title: Some Dogs Do
Author: Jez Alborough
Illustrator: Jez Alborough
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd.
Word count: approx. 275
Top 10 Element(s): Rhyme/Dialogue
One day, when Sid is walking to school, he suddenly gets a happy feeling. In fact, it is such a happy feeling that "without a how, without a why, Sid fell UP toward the sky." That's right! His paws lift up off the ground and he is flying. Of course, Sid can't wait to tell his friends at school about this amazing feat. But...
no one believes him. Not his friends. No even his teacher. They all say "dogs don't fly!". So he tries to show them that, yes indeed, he can fly. However, he can't fly again. This makes him very sad. When he gets home he tells his dad what happened and repeats the saying "dogs don't fly" but then something incredible happens. Sid's dad begins to fly. Upon seeing this, Sid becomes happy again and, once again, lifts off of the ground. This is an uplifting tale (pun intended) that shows that the impossible is sometimes possible. Never give up on your hopes and dreams.
The book is written in simple rhyme. No difficult words, no complicated rhyme scheme (aabb...). Example:
Miss Mare the teacher shook her head.
"Now, Sid, you shouldn't lie," she said.
"But I did," said Sid. (this line is repeated each time someone doesn't believe him)
The book is full of dialogue between the characters.
Gus said, "Right! If you can fly, come outside...let's see you try!"
I think even younger children will be able to memorize this book easily, and they'll most likely want to do so. This story is so much fun and the colorful illustrations make it even more fun. See for yourself.
Here is a YouTube video I found of the book. Enjoy!
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