When the old farm dog trudged down the road and marched up to the farmer, the dog did not look ready for hard work. With his head hanging low and his tongue out, he looked anything but useful.
Maybe that’s why the farmer rebuffed the dog’s offer to be his pet. Disappointed but undeterred, the dog comes up with a plan. The farmer has an opening for a cow; the dog corrals the cows into the barn ready for milking. The farmer has an opening for a chicken; the dog cleans the chicken coop and, with fresh straw, the chickens comfortably lay eggs. For every opening the farmer has, the clever old dog has an idea how to fill the role. When the chickens fall prey to a fox, the farmer begins to really see the usefulness of a dog.
Young readers will enjoy the humor and repetition in Job Wanted. There is a bit of anticipation as readers wonder just how the dog will fill the opening of another farm animal. This is balanced by soft, hazy watercolor illustrations evoking a feeling of calm sometimes associated with farm life. The dog’s determination will appeal to children and adults. He makes himself indispensable to the farmer, proving that a dog can pay for his keep just as well as the other animals.
|Author||Teresa Bateman, Chris Sheban, Illustrator|
|Page Count||32 pages|
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