niik and bling the friendship begins

Summary:
Niik and Bling meet as puppies. They learn how to get along and become friends.
Educational Themes:
Drawing from the pictures, you could talk about dogs, friendship, humor, building a playhouse (I.e., teamwork), and spring.
Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 6
Age of child:
Read with a 3-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow or skip it, unless you love all things dog (or own a collie or Tervuren.
Little Kid Reaction
My child enjoyed the puppies trying to build a playhouse. He laughed at some parts of the story. When asked, he said he liked it.
Big Kid Reaction
In the end, this one left me neutral. The story is generally appealing and the pictures are bright and clear, but the more I read it, the more it seemed that the dogs were the point and the story was contrived to fit the pictures. The final page is cute.
Pros:

The photos are very clear and playful. The book has a positive and active tone. If you have a child who really loves dogs, they will enjoy this book. It also contains some more adult-like humor, such as one of the dogs “is a bit of a princess.”

Cons:

The layout of the text and photos on the page is distracting.


Title Niik And Bling The Friendship Begins
Author Cathy Modica Laura Van Eyck
Publisher Wholesome Puppy Tales © 2005
ISBN 0976246600
Material Hard Cover
Cost $19.95
Genres Animal Characters, Picture Book, Friendship, Humor
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