Book #1 in the "Digger and Daisy: I am a Reader Series": Digger tries to imitate animals he sees at the zoo, but when Daisy tells him what he can and can't do, Digger tricks Daisy, and Daisy ends up in cold water! Also available in Spanish and French.
In this early reader, a
dog learns from his sister what he can and cannot do like other animals on a
visit to the zoo.
It is a hot day, so
Digger, a spirited pup, and his older sister, Daisy, decide to go to the zoo.
“Digger and Daisy look at birds. They see big birds. They see little birds. /
Red birds. Green birds. Yellow and blue birds, too.” There is a nice rhythm to
that, and it’s accompanied by nice cartoony artwork that readers will relate
to, since, despite its subtle sophistication and adept lines, they might fancy
they could do the same. Digger tries to imitate a flamingo standing on one leg,
and he tumbles over. His sister tells him that he can’t do that but that he can
walk on two legs. On through the zoo. “I want to climb a tree,” says Digger,
inspired by monkeys. No chance. But his sister reminds him that he can climb
stairs, till they are eye to eye with the giraffe. When they spy the duck pond,
Digger asks if he might go in. His sister concurs, but Digger balks, since he
had failed so many times that day. But his sister encourages him, until he
takes the plunge. It’s a lovely little tribute to sibling camaraderie.
Like Daisy encouraging
Digger to dive, this work is a welcoming invitation to read and a sweet
encouragement to spend time with siblings.