Through rhyme and pictures, Patriotic Pups tells of the exploits of America’s forefathers to help young children understand that history is the story of events, people, and places. This charmingly illustrated book follows the adventures of a group of puppies who play witness to many of the most important events in the history of Revolutionary America. The puppies encounter many historical figures of the period, such as George and Martha Washington, Betsy Ross, Paul Revere, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. When read aloud to kindergartners and first graders, Patriotic Pups builds phonemic awareness while inspiring a love of history and reading. Second through fourth graders can read it to themselves with the aid of a built-in glossary of terms and a pronunciation guide.
With illustrations by Ellen L. Berger.
ISBN 978-0-9814629-4-3, 88 pages, 8.5″x11″, Softcover. Available at bookstores nationwide and through all major wholesalers.
“A fresh new twist in American history. Children will enjoy a ‘dog’s eye’ view while learning about George Washington, Paul Revere, Thomas Jefferson, Betsy Ross, and Benjamin Franklin. The puppies portrayed in the charcoal drawings do a good job of expressing their emotions through their antics. Clever names—Quill, Kite, and Rebel will help young readers define the characters. Girls will identify with snippets on Martha Washington and the chapter on Betsy Ross. Very imaginative—done by a magic pen.”
—Carol Lee Johnson, Retired Former Library Director, South St. Paul Public Library, South St. Paul, MN
“Patriotic Pups is a glorious journey through the early history of our nation. The delightful text keeps the reader engaged. A great choice for reading aloud in small groups or as an independent read for more advanced students.”
—Kimberly Adler, Second Grade Teacher
“Wow, what a wonderful piece of literature for the classroom! I especially like how each Patriotic Pup has his own chapter. This will allow for a great introduction into a breakdown for each important historical Patriot into a lesson. I also like the continuation of the story along with the use of ‘The Truth of the Tales’ section at the end of the book. It was a nice way to tie the fictional history into its non-fictional counterpart. I cannot wait to use this wonderful book as an added addition and teaching tool in my classroom.”
—Jessica Tosh, Fifth Grade Teacher
“I am thoroughly enchanted with Patriotic Pups! What a wonderful way to introduce children to American History! Our program uses a rhyming component for instruction. Patriotic Pups is an excellent example of this writing technique.”
—DyAnne Shultz, Retired Teacher, currently consulting with ABC Phonetic Reading School, Inc. (NCLB)