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. Volume XIII Number 12 . . . . February 2, 2007
It is spring time on the farm, and in Pup and Hound Hatch an Egg, the canine duo are caught up in the excitement of births and babies:
Pup is especially delighted by the events on the farmyard but is dismayed to learn that the newborns are not ready to play. Luckily, Pup stumbles across an egg to care for, and with Hound's help, raises the surprise creature that eventually hatches.
Pup and Hound Hatch An Egg maintains the simple rhyming scheme of the other books in the series, with a slight twist - many of the rhymes carry on over two pages, which is a refreshing change. Also, Susan Hood incorporates plenty of animal sounds in her writing, something which will surely delight younger readers. The rhyming language in this book, though consistent, is neither overbearing or annoying. In other words, parents should be able to read this text aloud over and over without getting a headache.
While Pup and Hound are obviously the stars of the series, hopefully Turtle will appear again in later books; some bits of continuity would most likely be embraced by avid followers of the series. While the books are certainly not meant to be read in succession, brief reappearances by old friends could certainly add to the successful “Pup and Hound” collection.
Shannon Ozirny is a student in the Master of Arts in Children's Literature Program at the University of British Columbia.
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