The dog in the story is the narrator and describes everything from her perspective, usually from under the kitchen table. First she follows Legs home, then Toes shows up (Legs is the man of the house and Toes is his lady love). Toes takes up room and gets attention from Legs, but does sometimes rub the dog's back. Gradually other feet arrive, some wearing Socks, or Boots, or Slippers (children for Legs and Toes). Each time the dog thinks this is just too many feet, but there is always something good about each pair of feet. Readers see the dog nibbling on scraps dropped on the floor, licking off sticky fingers, taking care of unwanted pieces of dinner, and getting bigger and bigger. There is an amusing surprise at the end of the story (I can't tell or it would be ruined).
I love how the story is told from the dog's point of view. That would make an excellent discussion point for students about how perspective changes the way a story is told and events are described. The counting by twos would be great for a math lesson, but I don't need to list all the curriculum tie-ins because there is a free 22-page teacher's guide available at Leslie's website. Every elementary library should have a copy. I was lucky enough to win a copy in a giveaway.
Visit Curious City DPW for a story hour kit with read-aloud activities.
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