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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
It’s rule number 5 that gets Kiwi: “Stay in your yard.” Kiwi is a mini-Aussie puppy, full of energy and curiosity. The list of rules is posted on her doghouse. She agrees with them all, only she has a short memory like most puppies (and children, too). She has no problem with leaving the flowers alone and not digging in the yard, but when a butterfly attracts her attention and flies away over the fence and out of the yard, what’s a curious little puppy supposed to do? She doesn’t dig her way under the fence. Well, not really. But she does get out and she’s sure she knows where she’s going and how to get home again. She knows she’s forgetting something and all the five’s she passes on her jaunt to catch the butterfly fail to remind her of one very important rule!
Kathleen Gorman’s picture book story, Why So Many Rules?, is a sweet story about a puppy who doesn’t like rules. What puppy, or child for that matter, does like rules. Kiwi thinks there are too many rules, but there are only five and it’s the number 5 rule that she conveniently forgets. The plot follows Kiwi’s adventures after she’s read and agreed with the list of rules. The young reader will be chuckling along as Kiwi gets further and further away from the safety of her own backyard. With colorful illustrations and lots of excitement, including lots of five’s to teach young readers some numbers, this story will be a favorite to read along with a grownup or read all by oneself. Great lessons are being taught, especially the importance of staying where Mom and Dad can find you: in your own backyard!