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Children's LiteratureJoining the over 200 science books by Simon, this vibrantly illustrated informational book includes charming and unique photographs plus text, which informs and delights. Simon traces the history of dogs domesticated from wolves, highlights their unique characteristics, such as their ability to run, to their clamp teeth with incredible pressure, to hear and smell acutely, and communicate a range of intentions. Simon also includes information on birth (with a mention of mating), on the long relationship between working dogs and humans, and on dog breeds. One page suggests things to think about before acquiring a dog as a pet. The "awww" factor is high in this book, but the winsome pictures are backed by plenty of good information. There are no picture captions, index, or notes to assist report writers, but otherwise it is a thoroughly enjoyable look at dogs and puppies. 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 5 to 9.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.