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The Helpful Puppy
by Kim Zarins
Emily Arnold McCully, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 8 1/2 x 11 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823423187 | 09-01-2012

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: | Age: 3 to 6

Themes: Preschool, Rhyme & Alliteration, Self-Esteem, Farming & Farm Life
Recommendations: A, K, SLJ


About the Book

What can the puppy do to help? He can't crow like the rooster; he's too small to pull like the ox; and he can't give his fur as the sheep give wool.


Playful text, with rhymes that punctuate each one of the puppy's encounters, and exuberant illustrations by Emily Arnold McCully follow a puppy as he finds the job that no other animal on the farm can do.


Kim Zarins teaches medieval and children's literature at CSU Sacramento. When she's not teaching or taking care of her son, she is writing. She enjoys reading children's books aloud in goofy voices, as well as listening to audio books in the car. Click here for a Q&A with the author.


Emily Arnold McCully won the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire. The New York Times called her illustrations for In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb "animated" and "delightful." She lives in New York City and Chatham, New York.