Bursunsul And Paskualina; A Story Of Two Friends


Bursunsul and Paskualina are two very different dogs. One is big, the other is small. One is white, the other is black. Despite their differences, they are very good friends. That is, until Paskualina took something from Bursunsul, who got angry and bit her! Their friendship was ruined. Could they ever be friends again?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Developing readers will enjoy reading this story about two dog friends. Simple illustrations, plenty of extra page space, and a nice size also help to make this an engaging book.

Content Awareness Factors:

While it is easy to understand why the author wanted unique names for the dogs, it would be helpful for developing readers to have something a little more "lyrical."

Little Kid Reaction

When our daughter saw that this was about dogs, she picked it right away. She thought their names were funny, but she listened to the whole story.

Parent Reaction

The story presents its messages of respect, friendship, and forgiveness very well. The vocabulary repetition and simple sentences make this a perfect story for first- and second-grade readers. The dogs' names, however, make for tough going.

Type of Book:
This picture book about sharing is available in many languages.
Educational Themes:

The book is a strong candidate for helping young readers practice sight words and expand your young reader's vocabulary. This is a book where you could pause and ask "what would you do?" or "what do you think happens?" to help practice comprehension and anticipation.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with 7-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book that pre-readers will enjoy listening to and new readers will take pride in reading themselves.

Title Bursunsul and Paskualina: A Story of Two Friends
Author Olesya Tavadze
Publisher International Step by Step Association © 2007
Illustrators Evgueni Ivanov
ISBN 9781931854894
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Friendship, Foreign Language | Bilingual
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