- Book Style: Storybook for children
- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 3-5 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Pictures of stuffed animals!
- Age Target: 1-5 Years of Age
Daisy The Puppy Dog is a fun little storybook from Alice Chandler about a stuffed animal who is very sad because she just can’t keep up with her friends. Her friends (who seem like pretty smart animals to me) can do a number of things that little Daisy is struggling with. Daisy tries to imitate her friends and finds herself in a few disasters. However, after a good suggestion from her family, her friends come over and help her to learn new skills.
Right off the bat, I couldn’t help but laugh at this book; it’s downright adorable. Why, you ask?
- The pages are a light blue-green color
- The font is very child-like and child friendly and…
- All of this is wrapped up by pictures of ridiculously cute stuffed animals
Now, any of these elements (the three points above) on their own would probably be considered a less-than professional execution of a children’s storybook. When you combine all three, some real genius shines through. I love the feel of this book and the way it has been crafted. I found myself smiling and my child understanding as we read through the 20+ pages.
Now, this brings us to the plot. It’s a cute story for sure, but it brings with it an opportunity for real learning. You know how I love educational content, and so I was really happy when I started to see the point of the story was to teach children to never give up and also to ask for help. See, Daisy is pretty hilariously inept at the start of the book. She’s unable to do some things that your child will probably giggle about. As such, when Daisy asks her friends to help and then learns all kinds of new skills, the message of the book hits even harder than it would if Daisy wasn’t so lost at the beginning of the book.
Now, my little guy is 4 and so he’s right in the sweet spot for this book’s target market (the author states 3-5), but I can safely say that younger children are going to love this book. I can actually see where the real pictures will help even more with absorption of the story/moral. It’s easier to understand with the stuffed animals then it is with most illustrations, so I actually like this book all the way down to the age of 1.
All in all, this is an incredibly cute book with a great lesson. At the (massive) cost of $1.99 USD, I can safely say this is worth every penny. I’m betting your child will love the story and I’m also willing to bet you’ll open it up on your Kindle and read it more than a few times if you go buy it with the link below!
Until next time…smash, crash, and learn!