Girl & Dog Reunion Activity

Best Users: Librarians, Booksellers, Educators, Early Childhood Educators, Play Groups, Reader Dog Programs

Best Audience: Children Grades 00-03


In the picture book Hello Goodbye Dog (Roaring Brook), the dog Moose hates to say, “goodbye.”  When her girl Zara goes back to school, Moose will do anything to break out of her home, find her way to school, and say, “hello!” to Zara.  Chaos builds until Zara comes up with the solution to train Moose to be the school’s Reader Dog.  No more goodbyes!  Only, “hello readers!”

With this activity, Moose and Zara are separated at either ends of the paper.  When your readers fold the paper like a fan, Moose’s paws join Zara’s hands in a big hello.  Available as B&W or color as 8.5 x 11 or 11x 17.

BONUS!  Roaring Brook Press also offered us a downloadable poster of the image above!

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8.5 ” x 11 ” Folding Activity
Hello Goodbye Dog: Folding Activity: 8x11 B&W (PDF)
Hello Goodbye Dog: Folding Activity: 8×11 Color (PDF)

11 ” x 17 ” Folding Activity
Hello Goodbye Dog: Folding Activity: 11×17 B&W (PDF)
Hello Goodbye Dog: Folding Activity: 11x17 Color (PDF)



Hello Goodbye Dog: Reading Poster (PDF)


Hello Goodbye Dog
By Maria Gianferrari
Illustrated by Patrice Barton
Published by Roaring Brook Press
ISBN-13: 9781626721777
Age Range: 4 – 8 Years

For Zara’s dog, Moose, nothing is more important than being with his favorite girl. So when Zara has to go to school, WHOOSH, Moose escapes and rushes to her side.

Hello, Moose!

Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed at school and Moose has to go back home.

Goodbye, Moose.

But Moose can’t be held back for long. Through a series of escalating escapes, this loyal dog always finds her way back.

“Sweet, skillfully rendered illustrations are clear, convey Moose’s worldview, and depict a diverse group of people. Even the dog’s expressions—forlorn when she is trapped behind the screen door, sheepish when she resists an order, triumphant when she finds her human again—are instantly recognizable and contribute to the impact of the story. VERDICT A welcome addition to any school or public library serving preschool and early elementary-age children.”
School Library Journal
“What could be better than a book about a dog who loves books and hates goodbyes?”
Booklist, starred review
Gianferrari’s dog’s-eye metaphors for loneliness and Barton’s expressive, energetic mixed-media illustrations highlight Moose’s affection and the joy she brings to others. An author’s note provides a brief description of therapy dogs as well as two websites for further information. Young children and their dogs will enjoy this cheery tale.”
Kirkus Reviews



One Comment

  1. Thanks, Kirsten!!! 🙂 <3

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