Thursday, September 6, 2012
The other thing I love most about this story is the way it portrays the charming antics of those cute, carefree pets. I had a cat and a dog growing up, and I can't help but think of them every time I read these stories. My dog, also a retriever, loved playing in the waves and stealing butter off the counter like Hondo. My cat loved exploring the outdoors and getting into mischief like Fabian. I think my kids love these stories mostly because they love animals, especially dogs and cats, but also because they find the simple pleasures Hondo and Fabian enjoy throughout the book to be rather silly. My son loves how Fabian lies on the windowsill, and how he stops to smell the flowers in the garden... and eats them. Perhaps this is really why I love these books. Their plots are based around the little things in life -- playing in the waves, exploring the backyard, unrolling a roll of toilet paper -- in which children (and pets) find so much joy.
These books are probably best suited to toddlers and preschoolers, but emerging readers might enjoy reading them on their own, as well. I also think these stories would be great in board book form for the littlest of readers. We love curling up to read Hondo & Fabian and Fabian Escapes before bed, and hope that you will, too.