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Most children have or will have the experience of losing a pet to death. This book handles the issue well by acknowledging the main character's grief and focusing attention on the joyful times spent together. This provides readers with a strategy for coping with such loss. Well done!
A great story to help children understand the loss of a dog. It reminds you to remember the good times and the things you love about your dog. It inspired my 6 year old to create a memory book of our dog, just like Katie did in the story. At first we rented this book from the library, but it proved to be so beneficial that I ended up buying our own copy.
Love Katie Woo! So much is expected of our students. Now, they need to be at a Level H ( just to be on grade level). These books are level H. I read a few of these books as read alouds. I did this to interest them and to get them to know the character. WOW! They actually pushed themselves to get to this level in order to read these books. More than half of my class was level H by December (well above grade level). I'm not saying that these books alone got them there. A lot of teaching and conferencing helped. BUT, children that are interested (especially in series books) will read more. The more they read, the better they get! This series will really hook them.
If you have a child with anxiety or who is especially sensitive, this book can be a bit tough. However, if you stick it out with them and get through reading it, it has its pros.
My daughter is 6 and has already grieved the loss of people and animals. She went through a period of anxiety that we had to work through. She is in a much better place with it all now, but still sensitive.
We have the Epic! app. I told her to pick a book to read. She loves all things animal so undoubtedly chose this title because of the girl and dog on the cover. I walked over to see what she had selected and right away saw what it was about. I hesitated but decided to let her go on with it.
The very beginning reads: "Katie Woo's dog, Goldie, was very old. One day, Goldie became very sick. A week later, she died. Katie's mom held Katie while she cried" My daughter instantly choked up, and I could tell she wasn't sure if she wanted to keep reading. I sat down next to her and gently encouraged her to continue.
The chapters are all just a few pages long. The first deals with the initial loss of Goldie and Katie being comforted by her mom and friends. It was nice to see diversity among the characters. Katie's friends, Jojo and Pedro also liked Goldie and say nice things about her.
Chapter 2 has Katie asking to hear more happy memories of Goldie, so they take turns talking about fun and silly things that Goldie did. This makes the subject matter less heavy and lightened the mood for my daughter. She especially liked the part about Goldie in a skunk costume.
Chapter 3 involves Jojo and Pedro making a scrapbook of Goldie to give to Katie. It was nice that it not only showed how to take comfort in memories of loved ones who have gone, but it also showed how friends could help those who are grieving.
The book ends with Katie and her mom saying how Goldie had lived a good long life, and they were feeling happy to have shared that to her. Katie kissed a picture of Goldie next to her bed and promised to always remember her.
After the story, there is a page for discussion questions, and another for writing prompts. Since my child was a little sad about it, I turned the conversation to our very much alive dogs and shared silly stories about them. I told her that she could start a scrapbook about them now and add to it as time goes on so that she will have it as a keepsake. Then we played fetch with one of them, and she was okay.
Stories like these can be painful, but if you get through them, you help reinforce coping skills which can be helpful as life goes on and sad situations arise.
Katie Woo is a 6 years old and is 1st grade. She is Chinese American and has 2 best friends Pedro and JoJo.
In this book Katie Woo special dog is Goldie. Goldie is old and gets sick and then dies. Katie is sad and with the help of her family and friends Katie laughs and remembers all the special times with Goldie. They make a scrapbook page of Katie and Goldie together.
Also included in each book is a glossary of words, 3 discussion questions and 3 writing prompts,and Having fun with Katie Woo. In this book the fun is: To make a scrapbook page, like Katie did, but you can make yours for whatever you like! These books lead to thinking about the story and situation Katie is in in this book.
There is also a website about Katie Woo and friends and can be found at Cap Stone Kids, add the words together and add .com . The website contains Lean more about Katie Woo, her friends, downloads and books. That's where I found that Katie was 6 and in 1st grade!
I really like these easy 3 chapter books. Each page has color illustration and big easy read print. I think this would be perfect for 1st graders! I think children will love Katie Woo, she's cool and hip and is a normal kid! Plus for children just getting into chapter books this is a good confidence builder - I can read a chapter book!