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Book details
  • SubGenre:Animals / Dogs
  • Age Range (years):3 - 5
  • Language:English
  • Pages:28
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667822945

Betsy the Diva Dog

by Karen Kerge

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Come Along... Betsy the Diva Dog invites readers to join her on a walk around her neighborhood where she shares a relatable doggy life lesson and introduces fun facts about herself.
Betsy the Diva Dog© is a true conceptualization of a book which can integrate both being able to write in conjunction with reading! Young children love animals, especially little adorable dogs. Over the years, in the author's kindergarten classes, if she wanted to get their attention all she had to do was mention her little, female dog, Betsy. By the mere mention of the dog and her adventures, the entire class would become silent and attentive! This certainly worked to convince the author to develop a book revolving around her little dog named Betsy! The concept for this inaugural book is to tell a doggy life lesson through Betsy's adventure filled stories. At the end of the book, Betsy asks her readers a question to give each child a text to self connection opportunity. In this opportunity, students are able to reflect on the story and relate the story to their own life experiences. When children are prompted to write from their own personal experiences, they are better able to express their own thoughts. It is her hope that the children will enjoy the invitation to read and write and thus simultaneously grow in both areas.
About the author
As a primary education professional who began in the field in 1988 and spent 33 years educating, guiding and motivating hundreds of children, Karen recently retired from full-time teaching. She has decided to direct her passion and energy by beginning a new adventure based on her experience and years of wisdom educating young children. As part of her wealth of experience, she taught fourth grade for 25 years and then kindergarten for eight more years. During that first segment of her career, she worked with improving children's reading skills and comprehension. Then moving onto teaching kindergarten, she was immersed in developing and teaching emergent reading and writing instruction. Karen found it incredibly inspiring to teach those youngest learners to become readers and writers. Once they learned to read and write, hence communicate, an entire new world was presented to them. Being in kindergarten, Karen integrated a strong connection between reading and writing. She feels it is crucial to develop both of those skills simultaneously. She also connected literature with writing experiences. Children need to build strong linkages between reading and being able to write in conjunction with reading is crucial.