I Want to Be the Only Dog

Sibling rivalry or rivalry among peers can be frustrating, but this story shows kids how to get attention appropriately, and how to work out their differences.

Author: Julia Cook
Illustrator: Anita DuFalla
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"Give it back!" "Stop that!" "He won't share!" "I had it first!" "She kicked me!" "That's not fair!"

As educators and parents, we've all been there: you get more than one child in a room, and there's bound to be at least a couple of them arguing over something. 

In this tale of her three dogs, award-winning author Julia Cook tells the funny and relatable story of how each dog views his or her siblings. Jake remembers what it was like when life was perfect as the only dog who didn’t have to share his toys, clothes, or treats. Now he has to deal with his siblings taking his toys without asking and chewing them up into bits. Angus wants to be the only dog because he hates being stuck in the middle; he feels like Jake is always telling him what to do, and that Kirby gets away with everything because she looks so tiny and sweet. And little Kirby wants to be the only dog because she feels like she's always being bossed around by Jake - and that Angus picks on her whenever no one is looking.

Children, educators, and parents will have a great time with this enjoyable story as we are reminded that having siblings helps us learn about life and practice many skills, such as tolerance, patience, sharing, conflict resolution – and makes cleaning up a lot easier too!

I Want to Be the Only Dog is part of the Building Relationships series which supports social competence. This is one more resource from Julia Cook for helping kids get the social skills they need to get along with others. Tips for parents and educators are located at the end of the story to further address the issue of rivalry with siblings or peers. 

The Mom's Choice Award Winning Building Relationships book series also includes:

Published by Boys Town Press
ISBN: 978-1-934490-86-0
Juvenile Fiction
Full Color Illustrations
31 pages
Softcover, 9"x9"
Grades K-6; Ages 4-11