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All kids wanted to know about man's best friend.





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Parents need to know that kids are interested in reading about everything from the first domesticated dogs to how to train pets, and the art and photography, though of uneven quality, are appealing.

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If your children aren't already crazy about dogs, they will be after this survey of all they ever wanted to know about man's best friend. The appealing format features illustrations and photos of hundreds of dogs, and many facts about them in easily digestible chunks of text.

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This book is an excellent resource for children and adults -- highly recommended for purchase before you get a dog. It is entertaining and informative, even for families that already have a canine pet. In a friendly, informal format, it emphasizes that many factors are important in selecting a dog -- male or female, mongrel or purebred, adult dog or puppy -- as is whether to obtain your new pet from a store, a pound or shelter, or a private party.

The author emphasizes selecting a breed compatible with your lifestyle, and covers important points about feeding, caring for, and playing with a dog, and how to recognize its needs and its attempts to communicate with you. Inquisitive kids will also get a kick out of reading about the origins of Canis familiaris, studying the anatomical features and differences among breeds, and reading about the fascinating ways in which dogs have been used: hunting, herding, rescue, assistance for the disabled, and even as living weapons of war.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the interesting things they learned from this book. Which breeds do you think would work well with your family? If you already have a dog, what did you learn here about your pet?

Book details

Author:Amanda O'Neill
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publisher:Larousse Kingfisher Chambers Inc.
Publication date:January 1, 1999
Number of pages:61
Publisher's recommended age(s):9 - 12

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