Perfect Picture Book Friday – Eddie and Bingo, A Friendship Tale

11 May

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I like that this story is based on a family tale.

Eddie and Bingo – A Friendship Tale

By Kathleen Taylor & Katherine L. Taylor

Illustrated by Kathleen Taylor

Published by Inkwater Press (January 21, 2011)

42 pages  – ages 4+ 

Theme/Topic – military / responsibility / family stories


Opening and Synopsis – “Hi My name is Eddie. The year is 1951 and I’m a nineteen-year-old new recruit in the U.S. Navy. This will be my first tour of duty. I am both nervous and excited about being deployed on an aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Hornet.”

Eddie is a new recruit on an U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier during the Korean War.  Eddie is a Navy photographer. Eddie finds a little orphaned puppy and decides he needs to help him. He takes the puppy he names Bingo onto the aircraft carrier and Eddie and all his sailor friends try to hide Bingo from the Captain. When Captain Drew finally finds out about the furry stow-away, he tells Eddie the ship is no place for a dog. Eddie just can’t throw Bingo overboard, so he sets out to find him a good home.

Why I liked this book – First of all, this book is based on a true story and I really like true stories! The authors took a story that was told by Kathleen’s father to her and made it into a story book! Katherine and Kathleen are a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law writing team. I think family stories are important and good to share. I also like how Eddie shows responsibility for the puppy that he found and he wouldn’t give him up until he found a safe place for Bingo. It also tells a little bit about life on an aircraft carrier which I thought was interesting (they must be huge if you can hide a dog on them)! I also thought the illustrations were nicely done.  

The book won an honorable mention award from the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA). To learn more about the book and authors, go to their website HERE.

Activities and Resources –

I found some cool Navy ship coloring pages HERE.

Since Eddie took responsibility for the puppy, you can donate animal food to your local SPCA or shelter and talk to your kids about helping animals in need.

I also found this cool family story activity for older kids at The International Reading Association’s website. Here’s what it says about the activity –

The stories of an older family member can explain family traditions and establish heritage-and they can be cherished possessions that are passed among family members for years to come. Teens can take part in the process of building family histories by recording the stories, or memoirs, of family members.” Click HERE to go to it.

I think little kids would like for grandparents to tell them stories about when they were little too. That would also be a good activity!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE!

27 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Eddie and Bingo, A Friendship Tale”

  1. Catherine Johnson May 11, 2012 at 6:04 am #

    Great pick Erik! You have the interesting fun facts about the aircraft carrier and the cute adventures of the dog, perfect!


  2. Stacy S. Jensen May 11, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    Thanks for the background on the author/illustrator team. I looked twice, because I thought it was the same name. I like stories involving stowaways.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

      I’m glad you liked it! It is confusing when the two names are next to each other. Even little cute puppy stowaways? 😉


  3. Kirsten Larson May 11, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Wow, that it an amazing story. I too like that it uses a real-life event as its setting and is based on a real story. We’ll have to check it out.


  4. Joanna May 11, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Great pick, I had never heard of this one and I do like historical fiction very much.


  5. Susanna Leonard Hill May 11, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    I also love books based on true stories, Erik, so thanks for sharing this one with us – it looks great! And never mind hiding a dog – any ship you can land an airplane on has to be pretty big! 🙂


    • Patricia Tilton May 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

      Great selection Erik. Love that it is based on a true story — my favorite kinds of stories. Stowaway stories about animals are always fun for kids!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

      I’m glad you like my review! It is awesome! True, any ship you can land an airplane on kind of has to be pretty big 😉


  6. Penny Klostermann May 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Sounds great. I like that it’s based on a true story. Nice list of resources, Erik!


  7. Julie May 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    A dog story and a military story? What a great combination! And I didn’t even know there was a Military Society of Writers. Your posts always teach me something Erik!


  8. Amy Dixon May 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    The military angle is a really unique one, and I’m glad to see it featured in a picture book. Great pick, Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

      It is really unique! Thanks Ms. Dixon!


      • Kat Taylor May 11, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

        Thanks Erik! And for all who posted such nice things! The events in the story are true but some of the names were changed-such as Captain Drew is named after my oldest son. Also Eddie’s buddy Gavin was named after my youngest son!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks May 12, 2012 at 9:45 am #

        Your welcome Ms. Taylor! Thanks for the fact(s) 🙂


  9. patientdreamer May 12, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    A lovely story thankyou Erik for a great choice.


  10. Kara :) May 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Nice review! I’ll be sure to check it out.


  11. Kat Taylor May 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Thanks again Erik, we love your blog! Keep reading! Also, we really like your mention of the SPCA as we donated to the SPCA’s Operation Baghadad Pups . It helps the Military rescue animals the soldiers and(sailors!) get attatched to abroad to receive a safe mission home!


  12. Myra GB May 14, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    Very cute! I was also reminded of Patricia’s theme for the month. It looks like a great addition to the books that she’s also planning to feature this May. Thanks for sharing this, Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

      I’m glad you like it! It would be a great addition to the books Ms. Tilton is planning to do this month! 🙂


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