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Summary: Keiko, a Siberian husky, is a very busy pup. While his brother Sekiu might prefer afternoon naps, Keiko would rather be out digging holes. He dug holes in the yard, and then some at the beach. One day as he was digging, a crow who had been watching him a long time, inched closer. Keiko had dug up food for the crow ... and the crow, being a mimicry, called K-Ko by name. This is a photo-illustrated story based on the true story of a crow and dog at the beach.
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, remedial reader
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 5 to 8
Reading Level: 5.4
Age of Child: Read with an 8-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter liked the pictures of Keiko digging. She also liked pointing out some of the background imagery. At the end, though, she was very frustrated by the picture that she described as "two duck heads." She was upset that she couldn't recognize a tired Keiko in the image.
Adult Reader Reaction: The photography in the book is excellent. The author uses a scrapbook style that is very effective in illustrating the animals. The rhyme scheme, however, is weak to the point of being frustrating. The author seems to be forcing ideas for the purpose of making a rhyme, but in doing so introduces concepts that don't make sense.
Pros: Action-oriented photos of a dog and cat will engage young readers as they explore the images.
Cons: From the title and preface I expected the story to be more of a friendship story, but the crow's and dog's stories are parallel until the very end, and then seem forced. Are Keiko and Sekiu Northwestern huskies or Siberian huskies? Both names are used.
Borrow or Buy: Skip. While the photos are fun to look at, if you're looking for a story about friendship between unlikely characters, there are stronger ones out there.
Educational Themes: There are some interesting facts about bird and dog habits.
Notes: The publicist representing the author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub® for review consideration because we provide an independent, unbiased profiles. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.