by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Juana Medina
Viking 2015

Told in 34 words and the simplest of drawings, readers are introduced to a playful puppy named Smick.  Eager to run, Smick chases after and returns a stick, until he hears a ‘cluck’, a new sound to the puppy.  Curious, he investigates, while his master calls out “No, Smick, no!” afraid Smick might hurt the tiny chick.  But, alas, the chick and Smick become friends and chase sticks together!  A fun story.  One a young one can use as a first reader.  With 20 of the 34 words rhyming, a child will delight in the fun sounds.

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