Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 6
- Grade: k to 1
- Reading age: 5 to 6
Six of the much-loved Pup and Hound first readers by Susan Hood have been collected here into one manageable volume. The stories included are: Pup and Hound, Pup and Hound Move In, Pup and Hound Stay Up Late, Pup and Hound in Trouble, Pup and Hound Play Copycats and Pup and Hound Hatch an Egg. The stories follow one another with only a title page separating them, so they can be read one after the other, or separately. Each is a gentle and humorous rhyming tale about two lovable dogs and the adventures they get into around the farm where they live. Though the older, wiser (and much bigger!) Hound often needs to help little Pup out of a scrape, he also finds he has a lot more fun when he looks at the world the way energetic Pup does. And, of course, all always ends well for the two good friends.
These Level 1 first readers have easy vocabulary, simple sentences and lots of repetition and rhyme. “Pup gobbled up all the meat. He left nothing for poor Hound to eat! Never mind. Hound chewed the stick. Then Hound gave Pup a goodnight lick.” The playful illustrations by Linda Hendry provide visual clues to any unfamiliar words. Part of the Kids Can Read series, the Pup and Hound stories are a perfect choice for the youngest beginning readers who are making their first forays into the world of sentences and word recognition.
About the authors
Susan Hood is the Children's Content Director for Nick Jr. Family Magazine and the author of more than 200 children's books, including eight Pup and Hound titles for Kids Can Press. Other writing credits include The New York Times, Sesame Street Parent's Guide and Working Mother magazine.
Linda Hendry has been drawing for as long as she can remember. Some of her earliest works can still be found on the underside of her parent’s kitchen table – the same table that she and her sister sat at for hours and hours, filling up endless stacks of doodle pads with drawings of make-believe families and their adventures. After high school (of course she doodled in her notebooks!) Linda studied visual communication at The Alberta College of Art and Design, then moved to Toronto where she was offered the opportunity to illustrate a children’s book called ‘The Queen Who Stole The Sky’. The book was a finalist for the 1986 Canada Council Illustration award, which certainly helped to get her career rolling. Over 60 books later, Linda still loves to draw but has taken time off from illustrating to explore painting with acrylics and oils or try her hand at simple print-making techniques.
A most worthy addition to school and public libraries, and a terrific home purchase.—CM Magazine