My Puppy Gave to Me

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Pelican Publishing Company, 2014 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages

A fresh take on the classic Twelve Days of Christmas, this adorable story is bounding with humor, playfulness, and disastrous fun for the holiday! Each day leading to Christmas, a very sneaky puppy takes things from around the house to give to his owner as gifts. That trouble-making dog tears the Christmas lights from the evergreen tree and steals mittens! This catchy, sing-song poem progresses from mishap after mishap-empty stockings, rumpled wrapping paper, and cookies crumbled under the tree. How can one little puppy, full of five pounds of love, be so naughty?

A clever, humorous take on a traditional carol, the story will have you laughing out loud, hugging your little one tight, and sneaking a sideways peek at your own pup. My Puppy Gave to Me is the perfect addition to any classroom or holiday reading unit; it could used for art, poetry, or counting lessons. Whether at school or at home, reading this adorable story will put you and your children in the Christmas spirit!

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About the author (2014)

A retired teacher, Cheryl Dannenbring received her BA in elementary and special education from Augustana College in Sioux Falls and her MEQ in teaching emotional and behavioral disorders from the University of Minnesota. She has written one previous children's book with a focus on animals. The inspiration for My Puppy Gave to Me came from a writing-group session and from her own canine experiences. She had a dog that ate a whole table of decorated gingerbread men! Dannenbring enjoys traveling to Iceland, where she has family and friends. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota, with her husband.

Animals and their treasured humans are illustrator Cynthia Kremsner's kind of people--she peppers the stories she illustrates with extra characters to add humor and personality. She studied graphic arts and drama at Santa Rosa Junior College, and national dog rescue organizations have used her illustrations as logos and images for special events. Kremsner lives in Sparks, Nevada with her husband, two musical children, and three dogs, so you can bet that her holidays are filled with plenty of songs and lots of love.

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