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The Pigeon Wants a Puppy



Last updated Sunday, February 8, 2015

Author: Mo Willems
Date of Publication: 2005
ISBN: 1423109600
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Feb. 2015

Synopsis:
The incorrigible bird returns in his fourth full-length romp. This time, Pigeon voices another common childhood dream: he wants a puppy. And he wants it NOW. He even promises to take care of it: "I'll water it once a month." He argues his case so forcefully that a puppy appears, but it's more than he expects: "The teeth! The hair! That wet nose!...I mentioned the teeth, right?" So he sets his sights on a different pet.

Kids will love this perfectly paced picture book, which offers both the expected (breaking the fourth wall, Pigeon's classic temper tantrum) and a new twist (Pigeon actually gets what he wants? Impossible!).

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you have any pets at home? Tell us about your pet(s)!
•  What type of pet does the pigeon want?
•  Do you want a puppy?

Vocabulary:
•  piggyback ride - to be carried by someone on their back or shoulders
•  possible - something that can be done or brought about
•  slobber - dripping saliva
•  claws - sharp, curved nails on the toes of an animal

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What sorts of things does the pigeon want to do with his puppy?
•  What do you have to do to take care of a puppy?
•  Why did the pigeon change his mind?
•  Why does the pigeon decide he wants a walrus instead of a puppy?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a puppy out of a brown paper bag! For instructions, see: http://www.freekidscrafts.com/paper-bag-dog-puppet/.
•  Draw a picture of your dream pet.
•  Make a Valentine's Day card for someone special.

Special activities:
•  "Pigeon Says" (like "Simon Says")

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!