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Animal Crackers Fly the Coop

More Dog Days

Have you ever wondered why hot summer days are called “dog days?” The name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius — the brightest star in the night sky (also called the Dog Star) — was the cause of hot weather. Dogs know what to do when the temperature rises — curl up in a shady spot. And what’s better for kids on a hot day than to curl up with a cool book? From joke-cracking hens to a letter-writing dog, you’ll meet some fetching characters, who will be remembered long after the dog days of summer have passed.