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Book Title: Mister Dog: The Dog Who Belonged to Himself|
The author of the book: Margaret Wise Brown
Edition: Golden Books
Date of issue: May 13th 2003
ISBN 13: 9780307103369
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"Mr. Dog" (this is the original title of this book) is one of my favorite books of all time. My mother read it to me as a child (1950's) and I read to my own children. They turned out just fine, thank you, despite all the "bad influences" lurking in this book that people want to complain about. Margaret Wise Brown based Crispin's Crispian on her own dog (also named Crispin's Crispian). The literary Crispin's Crispian (the dog who belonged to himself) is an independent, kindly, grown-up pooch who walks mainly on his hind legs with a walking stick, he wears an old bathrobe and slippers, eats bread and milk for breakfast and is fond of strawberries. He lives in a two-story dog-house surrounded by a white picket fence, dogwood trees and dog-tooth violets, with a kitchen, dining room and bedroom upstairs. There's no mention of a bathroom, so I assume he lets himself out when he "needs to see a dog about a man". While out for a walk one fine morning, he encounters a little boy, who is shown sitting on the bank of a stream, fishing. Mr. Dog befriends and "adopts" the "boy's little boy" who also belongs to himself. After a morning of play, the boy and Crispin's Crispian bond, buy, eat and consume with gusto a home-cooked dinner together chez Crispian. At the end of the day, after tidying up the house, they fall asleep in their own little beds and "dream their own dreams." It's the story of a perfect day, innocent friendship and love at first sight. A perfect bedtime book. What's not to like? Lots, evidently.
So what if Crispin's Crispian smokes a pipe? He doesn't smoke it indoors. He doesn't wear pants, either. If you're expecting Children and Families, the Vice Squad and/or Animal Control to come crashing through the door of the two-story dog house and haul this canine miscreant and his underage accomplice away, you'll have to wait for the sequel. Dogs like MEAT, not tofu. Mr. Dog also likes raw eggs, God forbid. And the Boy's Little Boy balanced his meal with a "bright green vegetable" and gave some to Crispin's Crispian to put in his bone soup. Reading between the lines, I'm sure Mr. Dog's bread was whole grain and his milk was skim. He probably purchased the strawberries he liked so from his local organic farmer's market. Moreover, he bought his bone from his local butcher (not Piggly Wiggly) and took it home in a brown paper bag (not plastic). After dinner, Mr. Dog and the boy's little boy washed and dried the dishes, and put everything its place. For its portrayal of good and balanced eating habits (dairy, grains, meat and leafy green vegetables), supporting local growers and merchants, and praising cleanliness and order, I'd give this book "two paws up" for intelligent, responsible life choices and habits.
Just remember, Snoopy was delusional, Lady and the Tramp ate spaghetti, and, Lassie, probably, never came home.
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Read information about the authorMargaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of books and stories during her life, but she is best known for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Even though she died nearly 60 years ago, her books still sell very well.
Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She liked to write books that had a rhythm to them. Sometimes she would put a hard word into the story or poem. She thought this made children think harder when they are reading.
She wrote all the time. There are many scraps of paper where she quickly wrote down a story idea or a poem. She said she dreamed stories and then had to write them down in the morning before she forgot them.
She tried to write the way children wanted to hear a story, which often isn't the same way an adult would tell a story. She also taught illustrators to draw the way a child saw things. One time she gave two puppies to someone who was going to draw a book with that kind of dog. The illustrator painted many pictures one day and then fell asleep. When he woke up, the papers he painted on were bare. The puppies had licked all the paint off the paper.
Margaret died after surgery for a bursting appendix while in France. She had many friends who still miss her. They say she was a creative genius who made a room come to life with her excitement. Margaret saw herself as something else - a writer of songs and nonsense.
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