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.
- 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.
- 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?