Carl and the Puppies Paperback – Apr 21 2011
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“The illustrations realistically show a trio of playful puppies and of course everyone's favorite dog, Carl.” ―Children's Literature
About the Author
Alexandra Day is the pseudonym for Sandra Louise Woodward Darling. She is the author of Good Dog, Carl and the rest of the beloved Carl books, including Carl Goes Shopping, Carl's Christmas, Carl's Birthday and Carl's Snowy Afternoon. Darling was born in 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to a large and close-knit family. Painting was a popular family recreation, and almost every family excursion included one or more easels and a variety of sketch pads, chalks, paints, and pencils. For four years, the family lived on a hundred-acre farm in Kentucky. Here young Sandra grew especially fond of riding and training horses, and became a dog owner for the first time. Living in the country also provided plenty of time for reading, a life-long passion.
Sandra illustrated her first book in 1983: The Teddy Bears' Picnic, a popular children's song by Jimmy Kennedy. That same year, she was visiting Zurich, Switzerland, when she came across a volume of old German picture sheets, one of which featured a poodle playing with a baby who was supposed to be taking a nap. This image proved the inspiration for Good Dog, Carl. The Darlings' own dog, a Rottweiler named Toby, was the model for the book's main character. Since then, two other Darling Rottweilers have posed as Carl in the seven sequels: the late Arambarri, who was named for one of the Darlings' favorite jai alai players; and Zabala, who currently moonlights as an Our Best Friend therapy dog, visiting hospitals to cheer patients.
About her work Sandra says: "I think that one of the reasons my illustrations have appealed to people is that they can sense my sincerity. I know that marvels exist which are just outside our ordinary experience, but that at any moment we may turn a corner and encounter one of them. Children also believe this, and because they and I have this conviction in common, we, as creator and audience, make good partners." Sandra lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, Harold.
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These books are so true. Docile big cuddly babies. Just so adorable and huge.
i bought all the book when my children were small. Now I have a first grader and bought this collection of books to encourage her to really want to read, because she has her own rottie now.
More, more, more! We love Carl. Our dogs are-Maximus Decimus Meridus, Chiyo Princess Kellogg, Samson, Augustus, Allyah, and California. Long story, a saved marriage-almost divorced. . .Now we have 6 rotties. Pray for us. We live in LA and we are being forced to give up 3 of our dogs. We are fighting on our own and have been to court several times. Just because of "One of those Neighbors." They don't bark, she just heard through the grape vine we had too many dogs and turned us in. We will keep our babies even if it means moving. Because rotties are all that.