Monday, June 17, 2024
Puppy Love

Puppy Love

by Mark Warner
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Can there be anything more lovable than a bumbling, bouncing, tail-wagging, tongue-lolling puppy? Dachshunds and Great Danes, terriers and German shepherds – they’re all in this picture book. Meet Humphrey, Dodo and Little Elsie and find out just what makes puppies so special.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Find all of the adjectives / verbs that the author has used to describe puppies in the book.
  • Create your own version of this book about animals / pets that you have loved.
  • Think of a list of questions that you would ask a vet about puppies if you had the chance.
  • Choose one of the puppies mentioned in the book and write a story about them.
  • Write a set of instructions to teach people how to look after a puppy. Watch this video for some ideas:

  • Make a list of words that are used for different types of young animals (e.g. kitten, foal).
  • Write a diary from the point of view of a puppy. How would they describe their day?
  • How many different types of punctuation has the author used in the book? Can you explain why he has chosen to use them in different places?


  • Work out how much it might cost to own a puppy for a year.
  • Find the measurements of different breeds of dogs and put them in order of size.
  • Carry out a survey of your friends’ favourite breeds of dogs.


  • Write a report about different breeds of dogs. How are they similar / different from each other?


  • Find some digital photos of puppies and use them to make a collage (see Resources below).
  • Could you create your own image of a puppy using art software?
  • Make a game about a mischievous puppy.

Design Technology

  • Could you create a model of a puppy using different craft materials?


  • Look at how the illustrator has shown the movements of the puppies in the illustrations. Could you use some of these techniques in your own drawings?
  • Use some photos of puppies to create your own pictures of them(see Resources below).


  • Find out how dogs have helped people throughout history.

Physical education

  • Measure how quickly you can run. Compare this to the speed of different types of dogs.


  • Can you translate the word ‘dog’ (or ‘puppy’) into lots of different languages?


Puppy Photos

Puppy Photos

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