Monday, January 6, 2014
Riding in a One-Dog Sleigh
by Mary Casanova; illus. by Ard Hoyt
32 pages; ages 4-8
Farrar Strauss Giroux, 2013
This is a fun, cumulative story that begins when a girl hitches her pony to her little red sleigh and invites her dog to hop in for a ride. "Just me and you in a one-dog sleigh."
They're off with harness bells a-jinglin' and the pony prancing and - oops! a squirrel falls down from a tree above and now it's a one-squirrel, one-dog sleigh. At least until they disturb the owl and a sleepy lynx and a four-point buck and a bear stuck in a tree...
But all those passengers help out when they've got to get to the top of a hill... and then it's smooth sailing downhill - until they hit a bump. And with a thump it's just "me and my pal in a one-dog sleigh."
This is a fun, bouncy rhyme that will have children imagining what creatures they might run into if they headed off for a ride in a one-dog sleigh. Don't be surprised if they pile their stuffed animals onto the plastic toboggan and prance around the backyard...
Review copy provided by publisher.