Just in time for StrollerThon a new picture book about dogs arrived. Huh? Is that what you’re thinking? What do dogs have to do with a Strollerthon? If I didn’t know ML and friends named their team “The Stroller Puppies,” I’d be thinking the same. Not sure what a StrollerThon is, read my previous post “Do You Know What is a StrollerThon Is?”
The main character in I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein is an independent dog, who doesn’t need a person. Then, one day a person follows him home. Dog feels sorry for the man and adopts him. Dog explains a few things about the challenges of keeping a person… “And you always have to clean up after them.” ML loved this page with an illustration of humans dripping ice-cream and the dogs licking it up. ML added, “You always have to clean up after them in the best kind of way.”
ML’s artistic ability is far greater than mine. She’s already surpassed me in her ability to draw and paint. So we always read about the materials used for the illustrations. Love the detailed description on the last page of this book. “The illustrations’ line work was created using pen as well as a kids’ marker hacked to dispense India ink: it was then photocopied onto watercolor paper. The painting was done in liquid watercolor, with a hint of crayon on the dog’s muzzle.” Talk about mixed media. As you will see in the picture of their stroller below, ML and friends are experts in mixed media too. Ribbon, wooden spoons, paint stick, markers, poster board, tissue paper and pipe cleaners were used to decorate the stroller..
While reading this book, I thought of a perfect way the team could tie in their dog theme with a baby theme. Fill the stroller with dog themed board books. The girls loved the idea and placed a book on the big dog’s lap. It’s hard to see in the picture below; but six puppies are sitting on big dog’s shoulder listening to him read. They also included books designed by them. The best title created was “Read Into the Puppy World.”
Saturday, ML’s team started the walk with a self-composed cheer:
Put your babies in the stroller.
Go! Go! Go!
Go! Go! Go!
Go! Go! Go!
Ready! Set! Go!
After a rollicking walk in the rain, ML’s team was awarded ribbons for “Best-Decorated Stroller.” Do you agree with the judges?
The board books the girls chose for the stroller are pictured below.
National Geographic Kids Look & Learn: Dogs by Eva Steele-Saccio – An introduction to the world of dogs, including their physical characteristics and behavior.
It was a wonderful day for a fantastic cause. So glad ML and friends were enthusiastic about the event. When ML asked, “What is StrollerThon for?” I explained, “Some mom’s have a hard time after they have a baby. Each year, I’ll expand on this a little more. It’s important for ML’s generation to learn about postpartum mood disorders in an age appropriate manner. I’m proud to help break the cycle. And thankful for my friends and women I’ve never met who are doing the same.