Fun Dog, Sun Dog and Cool Dog, School Dog
Come meet Tinka, a dandy, sandy golden retriever, and the boy who loves her as they spend a busy, dizzy day at the beach..
“In this action-filled romp, Tinka and the boy who loves her journey from home to the beach to the fair and home again. Being reprimanded for candy snatching, running away, playing Frisbee, and giving some lovin’ are just a few of the activities that fill the pup’s busy day. Her adventures are described in a repetitive and effective singsong text that is catchy and enjoyable to read…Tinka is a fun-to-read-about dog, and this book would enrich any storytime.”—School Library Journal
“A sandy, dandy, golden retriever named Tinka and the boy who owns her spend a day at the beach. The charm of the simple scenario is heightened by short, snappy rhymes and comical acrylic illustrations that energize the fun in the sun…The rhyme, which is never tiresome, may spark some rhyming take-off exercises at home or in a classroom.”—Booklist
A CBC Children’s Choice, 2010
COOL DOG, SCHOOL DOG is my second book loosely based on the life and times of my Golden Retriever, TINKA.
In this book Tinka has moved on from getting into trouble on the beach and at the carnival and in the park.
Now she is getting into trouble in SCHOOL!!
But it all ends happily, of course.
And with a great discovery: Tinka loves to be read to!
“Although she makes the teacher unhappy by messing up the room, the students are delighted by Tinka’s presence and find that the pup loves a read-aloud. In the end, she’s ‘a please-come-every-day dog.’ Youngsters will like learning with each turn of the page just what makes this dog so special.”—School Library Journal
“Tinka the dog returns for a romp through school that starts badly but ends well. Depressed at having to say goodbye to her boy at the bus, she makes a break for it and follows him to school, with predictably chaotic results. But while she’s waiting to be taken back home, the kids decide to read to her-starting her on a second career as a reading buddy. Heiligman’s tale is well-timed to ride the wave of “Reading with Rover” programs in schools and libraries, and her infectious rhymes…pair well with Bowers’s goofy, energetic illustrations to make this gentle piece of propaganda go down easy.”—Kirkus Reviews
Check out this great video:
Watch me read to my publishers’ dog below, or watch on TeacherTube:
Fun with Cool Dog, School Dog!
Some cool links to check out:
7-year-old Ian reviewed Cool Dog, School Dog on the blog Read, Write, Repeat – read it here.
Did you know that children all over the country read to dogs in schools and libraries? See if there’s a Reading to Dogs program in your area.
BARK (Beach Animals Reading With Kids) is a volunteer reading dog program in Southern California. They love Cool Dog, School Dog! Find them on Facebook.
Check out this video from The Today Show about reading to dogs.