Aggie The Brave (Aggie And Ben)

Summary:

Ben and his mom are taking Aggie to the vet to be spayed. Aggie is scared; Ben is brave ... until he learns that he'll be going home without Aggie. Ben hopes that by going to bed in the afternoon tomorrow will get here faster and they can pick up Aggie sooner. Ben is happy, but sad. Now Aggie has to be a "quiet" dog for two weeks. No running around. How can Ben help Aggie be brave now?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Cute illustrations add expression to this set of short stories about a dog going to the vet. This is an easy reader that is also a wonderful book to read aloud with younger audiences.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Little Kid Reaction

"Poor Aggie," she said. Our dog-loving daughter instantly connected with this book and ran to spend time quietly with our own dog after she read it.

Parent Reaction

Aggie and Ben are great stories for sharing with young children before they read, and exceptional for new readers polishing their skills. This story, in particular, will resonate with any family who has a pet going to the vet for surgery and/or overnight. Ben is an "all kids" character who is brave (but then not), happy (but then sad), and always compassionate.

Type of Book:
This is part of an easy reader series about a boy and his dog.
Educational Themes:

The main theme of the book is what happens at the vet, but there are lots of things to explore: Ben's feelings (and Aggie's too), how Ben finds ways to help Aggie feel better, and friendship. This would be a good book for helping kids understand empathy and compassion.

Reading Level:
1.2
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read by a 9-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy, especially if you have (or are thinking about) a pet. Aggie is a dog, but the experiences are equally apropos for cats or other animals who go to the vet. This is great for sharing with young kids, kids learning to read, or older siblings reading for

Title Aggie the Brave
About

Aggie and Ben

Author Lori Ries
Publisher Charlesbridge © 2010
Illustrators Frank W. Dormer
ISBN 9781570916359
Material Hard Cover
Cost $12.95
Genres Friendship
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