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Grade Levels: K – 5th

Subjects: English Language ArtsU.S. HistoryMusic

Resource Type: ActivitiesSongsPrintables


Explore Alice Faye Duncan and Chris Raschka’s soulful tale of a lost puppy love with this activity kit from Eerdmans Books for Young Readers! Engage with the story through a maze, coloring sheet, songwriting exercise, and more activities. This PDF also includes discussion questions and a list of further reading about blues and Black American music history.

Yellow Dog Blues will release on September 27, 2022. Preorder it now through AmazonBookshop, and your local bookstore.

Advance Praise for Yellow Dog Blues

  • Like listening to a blues record while wrapped up in a homemade quilt sipping sweet tea.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred)

About Yellow Dog Blues

A lyrical road trip through the Mississippi Delta, exploring the landmarks that shaped one of America’s most beloved musical traditions.

One morning Bo Willie finds the doghouse empty and the gate wide open! Farmer Fred says Yellow Dog hit Highway 61 and started running. Aunt Jessie picks up Bo Willie in her pink Cadillac, and together they look for his missing puppy love. Their search leads them from juke joints to tamale stands to streets ringing with the music of B.B. King and Muddy Waters. Where, where did that Yellow Dog go?

Acclaimed creators Alice Faye Duncan and Chris Raschka present a boogie-woogie journey along the Mississippi Blues Trail. With swinging free verse and stunning hand-stitched art, Yellow Dog Blues is a soulful fable about what happens when the blues grabs you and holds on tight.