Homer by Elisha Cooper
Homer is out on the porch when the day starts. Everyone seems to have something that they want to do that day. The other dogs want to run around and play chase. Homer doesn’t want to. He doesn’t want to play in the field either, or walk to the beach, or swim, or go to the market. He stays on the porch. One-by-one the others return from their day and everyone tells Homer about it. The dogs are tired from running. He gets to smell the flowers from the field and even wear one. There are shells to smell, wetness from the beach, and produce from the market. People finish their days out on the porch with Homer. At the end of the day, Homer heads inside, eats his dinner, and happily falls asleep in a chair.
Cooper does several things in this very simple picture book. First, he pays homage to the relationships of dogs and humans, the sort of dog that is quiet, steady and always there. Homer is the sort of dog everyone wants on their porch too. Second, Cooper speaks to the importance of simplicity and a life well lived. This is done quietly as one watches Homer’s day, realizing the bliss that it brings him.
The setting of the seaside and the summer activities, make this a great book to share when you have sand between your toes. Even better if a dog is thumping his tail nearby. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
Reviewed from library copy.