This is such a fun read aloud with the rhyming words and animal characters. Students in both English and Spanish classes will enjoy reading about Pepe as he goes from being a homeless and hungry dog to becoming a famous movie star dog. There’s more that one kind of hunger though. For Pepe, he was hungrier for love and acceptance than for riches and being famous. Children and adults will relate to Pepe’s challenges and will love reading this story over and over as Pepe finds a family to love him.
Schema: homeless animals
Text-to-Self Connection: television shows about dogs and cats
Text-to-Text Connection: Students will think of many books about dogs and cats, but one that includes a chase is The Great Gracie Chase by Cynthia Rylant.
Another book that includes a similar jealous cat and dog is Help Me, Mr. Mutt!: Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel.
Inference: Look at the pictures on the wall above the family at the end of the story? How do you infer that they figured out the cat and dog they adopted were movie stars?
Synthesis: If you had to choose between a family and losing the item that made you famous, which would you choose?