Help me, Mr. Mutt! : Expert Answers for Dogs With People Problems by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel

help-meSchema: dogs, problems with dogs, charts and graphs, letter writing, check the cover and think about having to dress up in clothes you might not like

What’s in your schema about the food pyramid?

Compare and Contrast: Compare Mr. Mutt’s food pyramid to the one  suggested for people.

Compare and contrast the behavior of cats and dogs. Do you agree with Mr. Mutt’s views or the cat’s views?

Compare and contrast the beds that Mr. Mutt recommends: the grown-up bed, the baby bed, the kid bed.

Compare what owners would like to what their dogs would like.

Analyzing: Identify each type of graph and chart as you read the story.

Point of View: The story is told from a dog’s point of view.  How would the answers change if the letters were written by a person?

Text-to-Text Connections:  with Mark Teague’s books:

Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters from Obedience School

Detective LaRue: Letters from the Investigation

Mayor LaRue: Letters from the Campaign Trail

also with: The Three Bears with the “just right bed.”

Cause and Effect: Use the section about dressing up for a compare and contrast: Because the dog rips and runs, the effect is the “people will be mad.”  Because the dog plays dead when dressed, the effect is “you’ll be at the vet.”  Because the dog “grins and bears it,” the effect is that “your people will think you are adorable” and you can get away with anything!

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