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By: A. M. Houston

Good Boy Rags

Pages: 30 Ratings: 5.0
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Rags is a special puppy who likes to find things and has a lot of adventures. You can go with him on his adventures as he learns about the world. Can you find all the hidden things that Rags searches out? Rags loves his walks in the Bluebell wood where he meets his doggy friends. Rags loves to sniff and find. You can see what Rags finds on his walk.


For parents, this book focuses on supporting important elements of speech development for pre-school children. This book helps pre-school children to understand aspects such as ON, UNDER, BESIDE, and BEHIND. Parents can develop these important elements through simply reading together.


This book also addresses pre-school emotional development by showing pictures of Rags learning to deal with what seems like a scary world. The guardian who looks after Rags shows how to help and praise Rags at every step. What can work for a little puppy can also work for little people too!

Dr. A. M. Houston trained as a nurse and midwife and then focused on public health by training as a health visitor. Anna worked in the National Health Service in the UK for many years. Anna became interested in health research and left frontline practice to concentrate on research into community and family health. Anna completed her PhD at King’s College London.


Dr. Houston returned to front-line community service and developed a special interest in child development and child protection issues. Anna enjoyed developing practice, supporting students and most of all helping families with their pre-school children.


Throughout her practice in early years development, Anna passionately believed in the importance of reading to pre-school children as a valuable initial part of a child’s progress into education.

Customer Reviews
5.0
8 reviews
8 reviews
  • Jeanette clifton

    A lovely book for young minds learning the language whilst on an adventure with likable rags Teaches concepts of finding, observing, rewarding for good behavior, and responsibility for caring for our environment. Lots of objects to describe. Rag is a curious character but very lovable. I would read this story to my grandchildren again and again. Hope for a follow-up on his walks.

  • Sarah Cowley

    Wow, what a wonderful little book. I want new grandchildren, so I can enjoy reading it to them! I'll have to borrow a toddler or two . . .

    Seriously, the images are strong and delightful, packed with features that can be pointed to by small fingers, as they find the objects that Rags sniff out. Children love to hear about the adventures of pet animals and will soon find themselves discovering, along with the puppy, a whole range of different concepts: colors, positions, small creatures, and shapes. Anyone reading this book will find lots of variety to focus on to amuse small children, as well as things that provide potentially useful talking points, like friends, road safety, litter, and toileting.

    The book is so lively and full of fun that any new learning will just feel like an exciting but familiar story to the little ones. I can see it becoming a firm favorite for story-time.

  • LIndsay

    This is a lovely book for preschool children to learn about the world and their place in it.
    Rags immediately endear himself to readers young and old as he explores his puppy world, sniffs out its excitement and discovers its dangers.
    As children explore and follow Rags on his walks they can develop elements of speech and learn about the environment and how we can all help to look after it.
    The simplicity and repetition of the text will help to reinforce the understanding of key aspects.
    I think this book will be a colorful, much-loved addition to the bookcase.

  • Julie Colegate

    I loved this story about the inquisitive puppy Rags. He takes us on an adventure in which we meet his friends and learn about the world and our local environment.
    The language in the book has a lovely rhythm and is great for reading out loud. Children will have so much fun finding Rags’ toys and friends in the beautiful illustrations, not to mention spotting the litter. There are so many lessons about life and care for our environment in this story, how to navigate our way through scary situations and come out the other side. I loved it!

  • Clare Salter

    Loved reading this upbeat story about a Rags' walks and finds. Love the verse style and chorus style of Good boy and sniff sniff sniff. Children and parents can enjoy such positive praise and parents understand situations from a child/pup perspective. Love the illustrations and all the characters and of course all the finds. A lovely story that can be read over and over again.

  • Cathy McGinty

    A wonderful book and a pleasure to read with a child.
    The illustrations and graphics are vibrant and colorful, engaging the child to join Rags on his walking adventures.
    The storytelling supports the child to develop their educational needs as they follow Rags on his walks of discovery.
    Learning is fun within this book encouraging the child to be aware of their environment and understand the difference between danger and safety. A good talking point for the reader and child.
    Marvellous.

  • Deborah

    Fantastic read ... Made me smile was fun and colourful
    RAGS what a cracker ❤️

  • Eva

    Our grandson loves this book and was delighted to learn that Rags is a real live dog and all his adventures are true Would recommend this delightful story too all children young and old

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