Aero and Officer Mike: Police Partners

Aero and Officer Mike: Police Partners

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by Joan Russell
     
 

A true partnership is a rare thing. Yet for Corporal Mike Matsik and his K-9 partner, Aero, it seems second nature. They have been partners for four years, and to observe them on duty is to see the two working as one. Aero anticipates Mike's every move and watches alertly for Mike's every command. Mike seems to know what Aero is thinking by the mere angle of Aero's

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A true partnership is a rare thing. Yet for Corporal Mike Matsik and his K-9 partner, Aero, it seems second nature. They have been partners for four years, and to observe them on duty is to see the two working as one. Aero anticipates Mike's every move and watches alertly for Mike's every command. Mike seems to know what Aero is thinking by the mere angle of Aero's ears or the look in Aero's dark eyes. Aero's incredible senses of smell and hearing, his speed and strength, his pure canine instincts extend and expand Mike's abilities as a police officer. But when Aero is off duty, he can be as gentle and friendly as a family pet. Author Joan Plummer Russell spent two years on duty shifts with Corporal Matsik and Aero. What she observed both awed and inspired her. Together, text and pictures reveal not only the daily demands of the job, but also a deep friendship between man and dog that goes far beyond the police work to which they are both so dedicated.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Aero is a dog that is more than a faithful friend;he is also a K-9 police officer. He lives and works with his owner, Officer Mike. Aero is trained to protect Officer Mike and their police car. Aero can run very fast and this helps him in catching criminals. He can also understand commands such as "find him!" and "stop him!" Aero's sense of smell is much stronger than that of humans and this helps him find illegal drugs and lost children. After a long day, the two police officers head home, where they have a meal and then relax and rest with Officer Mike's family. Children reading this book will learn about the life and work of a police dog as well as how to act with a strange dog. The numerous photographs demonstrate Aero's canine abilities as well as some of his very human characteristics. 2001, Boyds Mill Press, $15.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer:Denise Daley
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Aero and Officer Mike could be the real-life Officer Buckle and Gloria (Putnam, 1995) by Peggy Rathmann. Russell spent two years researching this book as she accompanied Mike Matsik and his K-9 companion at work, at home, and at play. The description of their daily lives includes details that will interest young readers, such as the hand and arm signals used for communication and Aero's fear of open grating and fire escapes. Sinnenberg's colorful photographs are action-packed and appealing. Pair this book with Rathmann's award-winner for solid examples of fiction and nonfiction on the same topic, and for units on community helpers.-Lynn Dye, Keheley Elementary School, Marietta, GA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563979316
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
08/01/2001
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Joan Plummer Russell first became interested in K-9 police teams when she took part in a Citizens Police Academy. She rode with Corporal Mike Matsik and Aero twice a month for two years, writing notes and recording events. She also observed many K-9 training days and loved every minute of it. Ms. Russell and her husband live in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Kris Turner Sinnenberg is a photojournalist whose work as a writer and photographer has appeared in many publications. While at ABC News Network she produced news reports for Good Morning America and World News Tonight. A trip to Africa on safari inspired her interest in photography. While working on this book, she joined the Citizens Police Academy. Ms. Sinnenberg lives in Ohio with her family.

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Aero and Officer Mike: Police Partners 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is fantastic!  Officer Mike has an amazing dog to tell where the bad guys are and it also helps him to find people in trouble.  When it's play time, Officer Mike usually gets a tennis ball or a bone for Aero,  It depends on how well Aero has done with his job.  Some police dogs can speak dutch.  Police officers have to learn to speak in dutch to talk to certain dogs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful `grandfather¿ book. My younger grandchildren want me to read it over and over. I enjoy the well written story and the photographs are excellent. Actually, all ages can appreciate this quality book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read and re-read this book to my 4 1/2 yr old daughter and 2 1/2 yr old son many times since we recieved it. What a great uplifting positive explanation of police dogs. My son is fascinated with all things police and fire so even at 2 1/2 he loved this one and my daughter loves the story line. The story is well written and simple enough for little ones to understand but factual enough for the older kids. It was a great change from the fictional stories we always read at bed time. Great Christmas book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joan Plummer Russell offers children and their parents a fascinating look at the real partnership that exists between K-9 Officer, Mike and police dog, Aero. The talents that Aero brings to the team are many and multifarious. It's easy to become immersed in reading about noble and lovable and intelligent Aero. The story also deepens one's respect for the nobility and bravery and pure police acumen of officers like Mike. The author provides a humane, personal slant in her portrait of this dedicated team, which does such good for our society.