In this adorable story, George the dog is left alone at home while his owner, Harry, goes out. George promises he'd be good while Harry is gone, but there are simply too many temptations for him resist! A big plate full of cake, dirt to dig in, Cat to play with... When Harry returns home to find his house a mess, George feels terrible. "I said I'd be good, George thinks. I hoped I'd be good, but I wasn't." In what is perhaps my favorite moment of the book, George then brings Harry his favorite toy as an offer of forgiveness. Harry takes George out for a nice walk, and along the way, George encounters more of his favorite things. This time, though, George is able to restrain himself, proudly passing by a cake, Cat, and a lovely pile of dirt. Well done, George!
At the story's end, George comes across his favorite thing of all. A trash can! "There's nothing more George likes more than digging in trash. What will George do? George?" We love how we're left to decide for ourselves what we think George is going to do. Will he be good and pass by the trash can, or dive right in? My kids sometimes change their minds about what they think George is going to do, but mostly, they think he's going to be good and leave the trash alone. We all get such a kick out of this cute story, and my kids just love chiming in on the early chorus of "Oh no, George!" each time he gives in to temptation. They are just as happy towards the end, too, when George is able to do the right thing. It's always cute to watch their reactions to this story.
George might be a dog, but he provides the perfect analogy for young children. He's sweet and means well, but sometimes he just can't resist the temptation to do certain things, even when he knows he shouldn't. As my son likes to say, "I just want to do what I want to do!" I love the way this story gets children to think about the difference between knowing the right thing and doing the right thing, as well as see the way their actions can affect other people. The illustrations are funky and unique, and the story line is one to which you and your kids can both easily relate (especially if you have a dog.) Next time you're at the library, look for Oh No, George! It's fun, sweet, and an all-around great read.