Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat

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Patchwork Dog has a knack for getting into trouble and Calico Cat usually winds up in the middle of the mess with him. Join Patchy as he attempts to fly like a bird and gets caught nosing around an airplane. Together they eat too many apples, confront a not too friendly skunk, and take a magical ride into town. The five illustrated stories will entertain while teaching kids some valuable lessons. More

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About Greta Burroughs

Greta Burroughs loves to read. No matter where she is, there is always a book close at hand. Her love of reading began at an early age and blossomed over time to include many different genres, her favorite now being fantasy.
As a preschool and elementary school teacher, Greta tried to instill the joy of reading in the children she worked with. Books were an important part of her classroom and story time was the highlight of the day.
It has been a while since Greta was in a classroom but she had lots of experience in reading to children of various ages and remembers what they enjoyed listening to. She tries to incorporate that knowledge into her work as an author and believes it makes her a better writer of children's and young adult books.
She now resides in SC with her husband, Robert and two dogs. Greta has six books published at the present time; three children’s books in the Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat series, two MG/YA fantasy entitled Gerald and the Wee People and House on Bo-Kay Lane, and a nonfiction account of her experiences with an autoimmune blood disorder called ITP - Heartaches and Miracles.
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Lisa Day reviewed on June 6, 2013
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Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat by Greta Burroughs
Greta graciously sent me a copy of one of her stories. She did good. For, I enjoy my Cats and Dogs. Her story reminded me of the days long gone when I was read tales to as a child. The tales reminded me of the times I read books to my own children, years ago.
The drawings inside the book are enchanting. Each individual story exciting for all children. Even the inner child that lingers deep inside of you and me.
Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat is a fun read to have read to you or to read yourself. But, be warned Greta Burroughs is sneaky.
At the end of each unique episode is a section with three questions. So expertly done to make the conversion, with the child fortunately enough the be by your side to continue, and help them learn from Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat’s adventures.
So, go get yourself a copy to share with someone on your knee, or to lose yourself in a memory. You won’t be disappointed.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Nancy Lee Parish reviewed on May 1, 2013

Well, not just for kids -- I like them, too! Patchy and Calico get into all sorts of trouble, but they always learn something. Great stories, great book series!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Amelia Curzon reviewed on Jan. 27, 2013

Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat is a series of short stories for young children, portraying the various adventures two friends, the dog and cat in the title. Together they try and learn to fly, get trapped in a shed with a skunk during the rain, and eat sour apples by mistake, to name but a few of their lovely adventures. Though Calico prefers to laze around in comfort, Patchwork is far more adventurous and just can’t resist trying everything – most of which lands him in trouble. At the end of each story there are three fun questions which involve the young readers, keeping their interest up by opening a discussion about what they have read. Marvellous – children can remember the adventure and discuss the message given. Well done to Greta Burroughs - i think that works very well!
This book is lots of fun and great for young animal lovers. Well-written with tons of humour, it can be thoroughly enjoyed by children aged 4 and upwards, and it is rather fun to read out loud as a parent too. The youngest member of my family enjoyed Patchwork and Calico so much; I just had to give them 5 stars.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Parents' Little Black Book Reviews reviewed on May 17, 2012

One of the greatest joys in my life is sitting down to read with my two sons. We were super excited to be offered the chance to read Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat by Greta Burroughs. As avid readers of adventures of all kinds, we sat down on the couch huddled around the book reader to begin the story.

First, I must tell you that Alex and Max are not patient readers, I mean listeners, so it takes a lot to keep them glued to a story. It must have action, it must have adventure, and some smart animals works well for them too. This story had it all.

Alex particularly identified with Patchwork Dog, who he decided maybe was a little too curious and nosy for his own good. As we read each chapter which are designed as stories unto themselves, Alex made constant comments about how he would love to do what Patchwork Dog was doing and why wasn't the Calico Cat hurrying up? As we reached the end of each chapter, he learned to anticipate that there would be questions for us to consider and talk about.

It was a lovely reading session. The stories of Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat getting into difficulties and troubles and figuring out how to do things differently next time kept Alex glued to his seat.

I highly recommend this book to children from ages 5 and up. The stories are captivating and do a great job of taking the learning that small children are going through and translating it to animals that children can easily identify with. The incidents in the story are very familiar but told from a dog or cat's point of view and the questions at the end of the chapter lead to thought-provoking (for little kids) discussions.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Vickie Johnstone reviewed on Dec. 26, 2011

I previously read Greta’s book ‘Gerald and the Wee People’ and really enjoyed it, so when she asked me to proof her latest book, which was for children, I didn’t have to be asked twice. This book is written for early readers aged between 5 and 8. I don’t have children myself, so I can’t comment on how a child would react to them. I can say that I really like the book. The language is easy and flows well. The paragraphs are small and the storyline is easy to follow. It is deceptively simple though in that there are some ideas for children to think about. It's also funny and sweet, and the tales are interesting. Basically, Patchy is an all-out lover of fun and adventure, but his enthusiasm and overconfidence can lead to hiccups! Literally in some cases! Meanwhile, Calico is a bit more reserved and sensible, often trailing along behind Patchy, hoping to keep him out of trouble out of pure friendship. I love the way that the stories begin with the dog wanting to fly and end with him... I won’t give it away! The relationship between the animals is cute and reads believably, so it works. I really like the pictures and the one with the dog trying to fly made me chuckle. I think it’s good to include drawings in a book for kids. They suit the story because they are cute, fun and quirky. My favourite stories are Can dogs fly?, Wishes come true and Dogs can fly. I think the inclusion of questions at the end of each chapter is a brilliant idea – a way for children to look back over the story and think about it, and remember what happened. There are some lessons to be learnt, told through the two furry characters, and thoughts on friendship. I love the following quote from the first story, which sums up the book for me - "He learned a valuable lesson that day. Be happy with who you are and leave the flying to those who know how to do it." A lovely book for early readers.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)

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