The Patterson Puppies And The Rainy Day


It's raining, and the four Patterson puppies are bored. Instead of wishing for sun and fun, Petra suggests they pretend they are at the beach. That's a great idea ... until Andy tipped over the teacup with water. Wait a minute! An ocean. We can make an ocean. What will happen next?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Lots of imagination and cute, mischievous puppies will have kids asking to read this again and again.

Content Awareness Factors:

You need to know whether/not your child will act on some of the suggested activities illustrated in the story before you read it. With very young kids, you definitely want to talk about it.

Little Kid Reaction

"Uh-oh!" was the call when the puppies started pouring water on the floor. Our daughter loved the illustrations and how the story moved from summer to winter. She was disappointed in the ending though, and wanted to know about how they cleaned up the "snow."

Parent Reaction

I have very mixed feelings about this book. The story is clever; and the illustrations are great for young children: not busy, expressive, and brightly colored. [Think: Maisy books.] I was a little taken aback, though, by the puppies pouring water everywhere to the point that Mom and Dad had to set up fans to dry it out. If they wanted to play in water, why not send them OUT in the rain to use their imaginations?

Type of Book:
This picture book describes the adventures of four creative puppies.
Educational Themes:

In addition to the story itself, one of the underlying themes of the story is the water cycle. You have rain, you have ocean, you have snow. You can talk about using your imagination and pretend play; making choices when mom and dad aren't around; and dealing with boredom. Using popcorn and fans to create a snowstorm, in the right environment, could be a fun activity.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with and by a nearly 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a cute story, but you'll want to preview it before you read it with your child.

Title The Patterson Puppies and the Rainy Day
Author Leslie Patricelli
Publisher Candlewick © 2009
Illustrators Leslie Patricelli
ISBN 9780763632427
Material Hard Cover
Cost $14.99
Genres Animal Character
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