keiko and the crow

Summary:
Keiko, a Siberian husky, is a very busy pup. While his brother Sekiu might prefer afternoon naps, Keiko would rather be out digging holes. He dug holes in the yard, and then some at the beach. One day as he was digging, a crow who had been watching him a long time, inched closer. Keiko had dug up food for the crow ... and the crow, being a mimicry, called K-Ko by name.
Educational Themes:
There are some interesting facts about bird and dog habits.
Reading Level:
5.4
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 9
Age of child:
Read with an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Skip. While the photos are fun to look at, if you're looking for a story about friendship between unlikely characters, there are stronger ones out there.
Little Kid Reaction:
Our daughter liked the pictures of Keiko digging. She also liked pointing out some of the background imagery. At the end, though, she was very frustrated by the picture that she described as "two duck heads." She was upset that she couldn't recognize a tired Keiko in the image.
Big Kid Reaction:
The photography in the book is excellent. The author uses a scrapbook style that is very effective in illustrating the animals. The rhyme scheme, however, is weak to the point of being frustrating. The author seems to be forcing ideas for the purpose of making a rhyme, but in doing so introduces concepts that don't make sense.
Pros:

Action-oriented photos of a dog and cat will engage young readers as they explore the images.

Cons:

From the title and preface I expected the story to be more of a friendship story, but the crow's and dog's stories are parallel until the very end, and then seem forced. Are Keiko and Sekiu Northwestern huskies or Siberian huskies? Both names are used.


Title Keiko And The Crow
Author Judy Lane Robert Maughan, Jr.
Publisher AuthorHouse © 2009
ISBN 9781434395290
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.98
Genres Animal Characters, Picture Book, Friendship
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