The sixth Iowa Children's Choice Award nominee that I chose to read was Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer. In this story one little boy has a dog and has to give it up, one little boy desperately wants a dog, and one little dog needs a boy. Read on to find out how the story unfolds.
This story would work well to teach making and adjusting predictions using the text to confirm, cause and effect, problem/ resolution, and theme. It could also be used to introduce the use of similes. That said Marion Dane Bauer has created a nice discussion guide and a readers theater script to use with the book.