Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Run, Dog!

Boyer, Cécile (Author/Illustrator)
Chronicle Books 2014. 52 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9781452127088 (hardcover)
Original language: French
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

point of view, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This simple story is rich in visual information, with minimal text that involves imperative commands: “Jump!” “Catch!” “Run!” Graphic-style spreads illustrate various scenes in which a yellow dog pursues his red ball.

Staggered-size pages create wordless sequences reminiscent of flip-book animation. This allows readers to suggest command-words as they turn pages. There is an opportunity to discuss the interplay of ball and dog, and the various commotions they cause. In one sequence, the ball descends on a queue of people waiting for a bus. Flipping the short page reveals the ball bouncing off someone’s head, as his neighbour laughs. A flip of the medium-size page shows them arguing, as a third person catches the ball. “Go!” reads the subsequent spread, as the dog pursues the ball’s trajectory off the page (and a scuffle breaks out in the queue).

Kids on a trampoline, a couple wooing each other in the park, and a giraffe at the zoo are among the many characters encountered by dog and ball. The final sequence shows the ball rolling to a boy reading in the shade—followed by a hugging, tail-wagging reunion: “Good Dog!”

  •  At the beginning of each three-flap page, make predictions about what might happen with the dog and the ball.
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    After each segment, look at the pictures and summarize what happened using sequencing vocabulary: first, next and then.

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    As a group, role play the characters in one of the story segments. Bring the scene to life by adding simple dialogue. Share your skit with the class.

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    Discuss activities you like to do outside. Illustrate one activity in the same colours and one-word style.

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    Act out the words jump, catch and run.

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    Learn vocabulary for outdoor equipment (trampoline, swings, park bench, picnic table, etc.).

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    Do a picture walk and talk about the settings. Predict where the ball will go. Discuss how the colours are used for elements throughout the book.

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    Discuss activities you like to do outside. Illustrate one activity in the same colours and one-word style.

  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Physical Education and Health