Thursday, February 24, 2011

Book Review: Along Came a Dog by Meindert DeJong

Along Came a Dog (Harper Trophy Books)

Book Description:
My thoughts:

The long, cold winter was over. The little red hen had changed and the other chickens picked on her now, or ignored her altogether. Then one day a big black dog came to the farm in search of a home. The dog was humble and lonesome. The hen was cocky, and lonesome, too. A strange and wonderful friendship grew between them. The dog protected the little red hen, but who would protect the big black dog from being chased off the farm? Who would convicnce the man who owned the farm that the dog truly belonged there?

Along Came a Dog by Meindert Dejong is another book on our free read list that we are slowly dwindling down. I was familiar with The Wheel on the School by the same author since I had listend to it with my son a few years ago and we enjoyed it.

Along Came a Dog does a very good job of describing how chickens act! Also, the it takes 3/4 of the book to come to the climax of the story, so at times it seemed drawn out. Once we had reached the climax the story became more interesting.

I do think this books makes a better read aloud than a read alone book. I gave it to Destini a couple of month ago, but she just couldn't get into it. Chantry really enjoyed the book, much more than his sister or me, so I'm not sure if this book is more along a boy's interest or more appealing to an 8 yeair old.  If you child is sensitive to dying or injury you may want to pass over this book.  Overall, I am glad we read this book since we did learn something new and it had a good ending which made up for the slow beginning.

See what others are reading aloud over at Hope Is the Word.


  1. I find Meindert DeJong's stories (of which I've only read two) a little slow moving at times too, but worth it. I agree with what you say about how they work better as read-alouds.

    This sounds like one we might enjoy checking out!

  2. I tried to read this one last year, but it looks like I gave up too soon. I shall try again some day! Thanks for linking up to RAT!

  3. DeJong just writes in a different style, different era. Yes, it's slower with beautiful descriptions. I think our children can get used to that, and it's probably good for them---and for me.



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