“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Dear Hot Dog. Written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein. Abrams Books for Young Readers c. 2011, 40pp.
Reading Level: 850L
Synopsis: This book is comprised of poems about everyday objects, including pants, leaves, and scissors. While there is some repetition in some of the poems, none of the poems include rhyming words.
Rationale for Use: This book could be used to discuss poetry, especially non-rhyming poetry. This text could also be used to discuss illustrations, as the illustrations in this book are vibrantly colorful.
Common Core Connection: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.5 Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).