The Helpful Puppy by Kim Zarins

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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: give love to his boy.

 

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No Bio Emily Arnold McCully, Author and illustrator Emily McCully was born in Galesburg, Illinois and raised on Long Island. Her father Wade was a writer of network radio shows and her mother Kathryn was a teacher. When she was a child, she began writing and illustrating her own stories, bound them and gave them a copyright date. She also illustrated postcards, greeting cards, scenery, portraits and copies of the old masters and would then set up a stand at the end of her driveway to sell them. McCully attended Pembroke University studying theater and art history. After graduation, McCully held a variety of odd jobs in the art field that included being a commercial artist, a designer of paperback covers and illustrating advertisements. When one of her illustrations was seen on an advertisement in the subway, she was asked to illustrate Greg Panetta's "Sea Beach Express." She accepted that offer and went on to illustrate over 100 children's books. In 1969, she illustrated de Jong's "Journey from the Peppermint Express," which was the first children's book to receive the National Book Award. McCully had her first solo venture with "Picnic," which is a wordless picture book about a family of mice, and it won the Christopher Award in 1985. "Mirette on the High Wire" introduced the dare devil tightrope walker, Mirette, and won the Caldecott Medal in 1993. Some of her other titles in include "Amazing Felix," "Crossing the New Bridge," "Grandmas at the Lake," "My Real Family," and "Pirate Queen.
 
Published July 1, 2012 by Holiday House. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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A simple, old-fashioned story about a puppy adjusting to life on a family farm is complemented by sweetly nostalgic watercolor illustrations from Caldecott Medalist McCully.

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It quivered in his nose and in every limb.” Every animal on the farm contributes to the farm, and puppy wanted to help, too.

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