$70

MAR 5 or 6: The LitWits® Workshop on ALONG CAME A DOG by Meindert DeJong

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Campus of Vintage Faith Church (upstairs in the Children's Building)

350 Mission Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Refunds up to 30 days before event

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The LitWits Workshop on ALONG CAME A DOG by Meindert DeJong - 1958 (Learn about/buy the book here).

We can’t wait to bring this book to life! We'll explore the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feel of this wonderful story through prop-based discussion and creative activities, including drama, art, writing, history, geography, science, and more! (See our website for more details.) When kids experience literature with their senses, they empathize with the characters. They learn naturally, and remember more. Best of all, they have a great time -- and want to read more great books!

About the book:

Along Came a Dog is a children's novel by Meindert DeJong, and Maurice Sendak. It was a Newbery Medal honor book in 1959. It tells a story about a friendship of a little red hen and a homeless dog who appoints himself as her protector. A big black dog came to the farm in search of a home. The dog was humble and lonesome. The hen was cocky and secure. A strange and wonderful friendship grew between them. - WikipedIa

A moving story, full of suspense. -The Horn Book

(The story) is treated by the author with delicacy and strength in lovely and lucid prose. -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Dear Mr DeJong,

I find your writing delightful. You enchanted my family and I with your "Journey from Peppermint Street", and now I am searching out all your books. The story is a quiet one, but lovely. A lone man. His favorite hen. A dog looking for a home . . . themes of friendship, honesty, integrity, hard work, hunger, home, injustice, and kindness . . . There's adventure and disaster, and crisis and resolution. There's terrible misunderstandings, and wonderful moments of truth.

And then there's the amazing dogginess and chickeness.

Yours is a strong and lovely voice in this wild world of ours.

-AMAZON reviewer

About the workshop: A LitWits® workshop is a hands-on, memorable experience of a great book. Kids read (or listen to) the story before they arrive,* and for three hours we experience it in all kinds of sensory ways. It’s amazing how much kids can learn while they’re “just” having fun!

That's because our straight-from-the-pages props, activities, creative projects, and original academic handouts are integrated to convey key academic information: themes, the narrative arc, character development, historical and geographical contexts, vocabulary, writing skills, and more. There’s no pressure to perform or participate – we want to inspire your kids to read more great books!

More details below.


“LitWits is motivating, educational, and inspirational. Your workshops have shown my son that exploring the world of literature and writing can be fun. I can’t thank you enough.”


AGES: Each workshop is offered for two age groups. The content will be exactly the same in the 7+ and 10+ groups, and all will do creative writing. The differences are:

Ages 7+

  • slower pace, more thorough project directions
  • thorough discussion of all handout information
  • more time for projects and creative writing, with one-on-one help as needed
  • age-appropriate expectations for efforts and participation
  • appropriate peer setting

Ages 10+

  • faster pace, less detailed project directions
  • emphasis on thoughtful, thorough responses on all handouts
  • more time for deeper, age-appropriate discussions and creative writing
  • age-appropriate expectations for efforts and participation
  • appropriate peer setting


If this age division separates siblings who would prefer to be together, or if it better suits your schedule to have them in a single workshop, older kids are welcome to attend the 7+ workshops, but not the other way around.

(If you have kids ages 4-6 who’d like to share in the joy of this book, we hope you’ve discovered our companion class to this workshop!)

Dates and Times: Click the green REGISTER button above, then scroll down to see all session options. If sold out, please join our waitlist here.

Cost: The $70 cost of each 3-hour workshop includes all supplies and a no-nuts, book-related snack. If you'd like to be billed via PayPal 30 days prior, enter promo code BILLME when you register.

LitWits Workshops is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School and Inspire Charter Schools. Charter school parents, please enter promo code CHARTER to register, then request a purchase order.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 30 days before the workshop, you can choose a refund or makeup; within 30 days, you'll get a makeup. (Use promo code MAKEUP to re-register, and please remind us, in the Notes field, which workshop you missed.) There are no refunds or makeups for no-shows. We hope that makes sense and seems fair!

*Abridged and audio versions are perfectly acceptable; movie versions are not, because images replace a child's visualization, and words are reduced to dialogue. Our workshops aren't just about the story, but about how the author's craft skills affect thought, character, and imagination.

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Location

Campus of Vintage Faith Church (upstairs in the Children's Building)

350 Mission Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

View Map

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event

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