On Tuesday, April 2, I had the great opportunity to work with 2 teams for a story time presentation at Browning Elementary regarding the tale "Henry, the Dog with No Tail". Jeff with his Australian Shepherd, Henry, who have participated in presentations and reading events with me before, and then a new team consisting of my father, Russ, and his dog, Cleo--a Newfoundland mix. My 2 canine ambassadors--Serenity and Chloe--accompanied me while my mom assisted in picture taking. We worked with Ms. Crow's 3rd grade students that were very excited to have so many loving pups in their classroom! I started the presentation with having the kids guess the various dog breeds that
they were meeting and was not too surprised to hear "Pit Bull", "German Shepherd", "Labrador", and "Golden Retriever" as these are the dogs they are most familiar with. I then read them this delightful tale that takes the listeners through the journey of Henry, who feels different from his other canine friends because he lacks a tail, so goes in search to find one for himself. Along the way he begins to discover how a tail doesn't necessarily work for him, and in the end accepts his unique qualities, as well as do his other friends with paws.
|Showing off Serenity's "butterfly-like" ears|
Lastly the students had an opportunity to ask questions about all the dogs that were present, and one of my favorite youngster comment was "If Chloe is not any kind of breed, is she a mystery dog?" So I guess I can dub her as my "Mystery Mutt"!
|My pops, Russ, telling the class about his pup, Cleo|
|Henry watching his owner intently while Chloe does||her "chill" act!|
|Jeff talking about his pup, Henry|