4 out of 4 stars
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Please Don't Tell Cooper He's A Dog by Michelle Lander Feinberg presents a utopian situation, where a family adopted Cooper, a dog, from an animal shelter. The narrator's family treated Cooper as their sixth sibling and related with him just as they would do a fellow human. Cooper was surprised when he saw how other dogs and puppies behaved since he thought of himself as too civilized to engage in some irrational acts. Moreover, he did not eat from a dog bowl but rather used a plate.
I wholeheartedly rate this book four out of four stars for its flawless presentation. It is professionally edited and does not contain a single typographical error. There is also nothing that liked least about it, which foregrounds the excellent research and time invested into the authorship of this book. I recommend it to children between the ages of six to nine years. The moral lesson ingrained in it will instill in children the value of taking care of pets and other domestic animals.
I love the use of colorful illustrations in the book. They are so creative that they vividly display Cooper's character traits. Every attribute about Cooper is not only described but also expressed in actions as evidenced in the illustrations. These illustrations will help to reduce the monotony associated with pure narration because readers' attention will be maintained all through their engagement with the book.
The author's choice of simple word constructions is equally commendable. Children may even role-play different pages and thus boost their concentration. This effective writing style not only guarantees children's enjoyment of the book but also enhances their retention of the subject matter.
Michelle's wake-up call at the end of the book is also worth mentioning. She advocates for the proper treatment and utmost care for domestic animals. In my opinion, this is a very noble duty that we should all participate in.
Please Don't Tell Cooper He's A Dog
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