Two Friends, Three Stories (Dog and Bear Series)

Two Friends, Three Stories (Dog and Bear Series)

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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Laura Vaccaro Seeger's highly praised concept books have introduced children to colors, opposites, emotions, and the alphabet. Now she guides children on the first steps to reading with three sweet, funny stories about a stuffed bear and a frisky dachshund who happen to be best friends. Simple, engaging texts and bright, colorful pictures make this a perfect book for emergent readers to read by themselves or to share with friends. And in Dog and Bear, readers will discover two chaming characters, ready to take their place on the shelves next to Henry and Mudge, Frog and Toad, and George and Martha.

Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories is the winner of the 2007 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Picture Books. This title has Common Core connections.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596430532
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 04/03/2007
Series: Dog and Bear Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 471,019
Product dimensions: 8.32(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile: AD410L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

LAURA VACCARO SEEGER is the critically acclaimed author and illustrator of Dog and Bear: Two's Company, Dog and Bear: Three to Get Ready, One Boy, a Geisel Honor book, and the Caldecott Honor and Geisel Honor book First the Egg.

Reading Group Guide

The Dog and Bear books by Laura Vaccaro Seeger are great read-aloud, read-along, and read-with-a-friend books. They also provide a good basis for a program to help children develop early literacy skills.

Each book in the series includes three stories. Select a story from each book for the program. This will give children a good sense of each book. Encourage burgeoning readers to take home the titles to enjoy in their entirety at home.

By reading aloud to the children from the books, you will help explore early literacy skills such as print motivation (the enjoyment of books), print awareness (rules such as text flows from top-to-bottom and left-to-right), and vocabulary (children will recognize many items in Dog and Bear's world from their own experience, but some words may need an explanation).

The activities, which include songs, recipes, and word play, will aid in the development of narrative skills, letter knowledge, and phonological awareness.


Laura Vaccaro Seeger is the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of the Dog and Bear series and recipient of a Caldecott Honor and a Geisel Honor for First the Egg. In addition, she received a Geisel Honor for One Boy.

Singing with children helps develop their language skills, in particular, phonological awareness. When we sing, we enunciate the words clearly, emphasizing the syllables, the rhythm of the language becomes self-evident, and it is easier to identify rhyming words. have fun with these two songs:

Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone

Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone?

Oh where, oh where can he be?

With his ears cut short and his tail cut long,

Oh where, oh where can he be?

Six Little Dogs

Six little dogs that I once knew,

Fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones too.

But the one little dog with the brown curly fur,

He led the others with a grr, grr, grr.

Grr, grr, grr.

Grr, grr, grr.

He led the others with a grr, grr, Grr!

This is an easy activity for kids and it helps them develop letter awareness: as they work with the Alpha-Bits letters, ask them to identify them. Ask them to spell Dog and Bear and other words that appear in the stories: Bone, Toy, etc.

Alphabet Necklace or Bracelet

Easy activity for kids to do on their own at the end of the event.


1. Licorice—long for necklace or short for bracelet

2. Alphabet cereal


1. Make one knot in one end of the licorice.

2. Kids string cereal on to the licorice.

3. Tie the two ends of the licorice together.

4. Wear and eat!


Bake cupcakes ahead of time and let kids decorate at the end of story time.


1. Flat bottom ice cream cones

2. yellow cake mix

3. Vanilla and chocolate canned frosting


1. Fill each ice cream cone with cake mix.

2. Place cones in a muffin pan. Bake at 300 degrees until golden or cake bounces back when touched.

3. Remove from oven and let cool.

4. Supply frosting and let kids decorate their cakes as they add their own toppings such as sprinkles,

m&ms, candies, coconut, etc.

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Two Friends, Three Stories (Dog and Bear Series) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
nileriver More than 1 year ago
This was such a cute story to read of a dog and stuffed bears friendship . I was so delighted and moved by this story of such an odd friendship between animal and stuffed toy . This book will definetly teach kids about the power of friendship and how it is important to help others in need . I would definetly recomend this book to read to kids of all ages .
mchristman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good example of fantasy because it requires the reader to put aside the rules of the world and it is easy to relate to the characters. Dog and Bear talk and play together and go through struggles that are normal for young kids.Age Appropriateness: Primary
GaylDasherSmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kids would be drawn to the richly colored illustrations, but I was not captivated.
michelleramos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book contains three short stories about a dog and bear. I wasn't even sure when one ended and the other started. The middle story had kind of a lesson to be learned, but the other two didn't really seem to have a point.
mickmyster13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is just okay. I think it is cute how dog and bear help each other out and how bear triggers an interest in reading for dog. It is a good book about two friends working together. I just think it was kind of boring. I think the author could have done more with the characters. I would mind having it on my book shelf though. This might be a good story to have students read and then create their own stories about Dog and Bear, they could create other adventures. So, this isn't a bad book, the illustrations of dog and bear are cute too.
SJeanneM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Simple stories of friendship between a dog and a teddy bear. My 3 year old enjoyed these very much. This was mainly because of the illustrations with a lot of colors that were very beautiful.
brookebrush on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Age Appropriateness: PrimaryGenre: FantasyReview: This is a good example of fantasy, because the dog and the stuffed bear are good friends and re able to talk.Comments: - Draw a picture of dog and create a new name for him. - Can you create another story about dog and bear?Media: Watercolors
kowasuza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dog and Bear are best friends. Three simple stories set up like three chapters tell about a few things that happen to the friends. Simple ink pictures strongly colored with what looks like poster paint illustrate the stories. Children aged 2-4 will relate to the stories and enjoy the gentle humor. This book may be read aloud in a group setting or individually.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Awesome read aloud, a little like Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems-also good for beginning readers, three short stories and two friends.
debrasw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: this details the story of the friendship of a teddy bear and a dog. It goes through three different stories that show their friendship. the first story is how they got bear down off the chiar, the second story is about how sometimes bear needs alone time even if he likes dog, but when he feels done with his alone time he can play with dog. The last story is about how dog tries to pick out a new name, but bear likes dogs name how it is.Genre: this is a fantasy because teddy bears and dogs don't talk and they certainly do not play with one another unless the dog is biting the bear. Also dogs do not pick out their own names.Characterization: I would like to compare the two characters in the story. I feel like bear is very wise and a good listener as well as very logical and realistic. Dog seems to like to go by things quickly and wants to get things done. He likes to play and may not be wise at some points, but he has a loving and fun heart. both are round characters and both are very fun to read watercolor
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JenLG More than 1 year ago
The Joys of Friendship! I picked this book out for my son and my daughter, and they absolutely love it! I have to admit, I love this book just as much as they do. This picture book is a bonus because it contains the wonderful short stories about the friendship of Dog and Bear including "Bear in the chair," "Play with me, play with me," and "Dog changes his name." The book appears to be so simple, yet the three stories it contains about the ups and downs of friendship are delightfully amusing and warmhearted. The playful cartoon-style watercolor illustrations complement the text perfectly, for they encourage the reader to "be more actively engaged" since part of the meaning of the story is left to the reader to figure out, such as when Bear leaves his scarf on the chair that is to high for either dog or bear to reach. (Temple, Martinez, & Yokota, 2011, p. 82) In this situation it's easy for the reader to infer that it's easier for Dog and Bear to just play inside rather than go through the trouble of getting the scarf. With these types of illustration-text relationships throughout this little book, it's no wonder that children love its charming appeal!
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
*Great for beginners, about first or second grade readers. *Easy-to-follow sentence structure and simple words will allow readers to succeed at reading these three short stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best friends forever - an unlikely duo are dog and bear, but that's why the book works for me. It's so loveable and heart-warming with aorable illustrations. The awards are earned!!