It seems some human children have trouble reading books out loud. The words sometimes get stuck in their mouth like peanut butter. Or the human kids stumble and make funny mistakes when they pronounce the words. So they hate reading out loud. Cats, of course never make mistakes when they read out loud, but that’s another story.
In this book, a little girl just can’t seem to get this reading out loud thing down. Then one day a librarian makes a dynamite suggestion. Why not read to a dog, a big fluffy white dog. Well, by golly, who knew that a dog could help humans read.out loud? At first, the little girl stumbles over the words, and gets letters mixed up, but Bonnie (that’s the name of the dog) just sits there and listens and never, never criticizes. Sometimes Bonnie puts her big paw on the little girl’s lap to help her. Well, guess what? Next time the little girl reads in the classroom, she does just fine and the teacher gives her a gold star.
Well, I thought I would try out this method too. You see I have a friend, a dog named Hope, who can’t read out loud either. So I thought if humans can read to dogs and improve their reading skills, why can’t cats help improve a dog’s reading skills? Well, let me try and be kind. Dogs are not the brightest bulbs in the universe. Nope, not at all. When I gave Hope the book about the Library Dog to read out loud, do you know what she did? She thought the book was a hat and put it on her head! I’ve got to remind myself that when it comes to improving dogs’ reading abilities, it is not an easy task!