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Buster & Phoebe : the great bone game
Bechtold, Lisze.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 23 cm
A clever dog named Phoebe teaches the new puppy, Buster, the value of bones and how to train them to "stay" so that they do not disappear when he leaves the room.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.2 0.5 71499.
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When Buster comes to live at Roger's house, he has much to learn about the world at large.
Thank goodness Phoebe is there to teach him. She will instruct him about puppy bones, about smart bones and marked bones. And bones that mysteriously disappear. But all on his own Buster will learn something much more important.
With lively and spontaneous drawings, this chapter book for beginning readers shows how a goodhearted and generous dog discovers one of the riches of life--beyond bones.

Author Notes

Lisze Bechtold lives in Pasadena, California.She is an award-winning independent filmmaker and former animator for various studios, including Walt Disney. The idea for this story came from many memories living with the real Buster and Phoebe. For a game starring Buster, visit for a game starring Buster."

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The title character of Buster: The Very Shy Dog returns in Buster & Phoebe: The Great Bone Game by Lisze Bechtold, geared to those just starting to read on their own. Phoebe, an adult dog, teaches Buster all about dog bones-about collecting them, marking them and even training them. Although Buster is just a puppy, he learns a much more important lesson on his own-about friendship. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-The author/illustrator of Buster: The Very Shy Dog (Houghton, 1999) exhibits her winning humor in this beginning chapter book. Buster, a black-coated puppy, has recently moved into Roger's house. Curly-eared Phoebe maintains her "first dog" status by taking advantage of the younger pooch's gullible nature and finding a way to make her pile of chewing bones grow as his diminishes. In the second chapter, a full-grown Buster finally manages to beat Phoebe at her own game. In the third story, Buster's loyalty and credulity keep Phoebe from trouble with fierce "Grrrrregorrrrry" when she tries to steal his bone. The three short installments make the adventures easy to digest for newcomers to the chapter-book realm. The comic watercolor-and-ink drawings tell a story of their own, with expressions and poses that are guaranteed to entertain.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.