Here is another title in a new series called "Amazing Science: Life Cycles." The life cycle of a golden retriever is related using a combination of digitally produced pictures and easily understood text. Readers learn that there are usually eight puppies in a litter. A newly born puppy cannot see or hear, but it has a good sense of smell that helps it know its mother. When a puppy is two or three weeks old, it begins to walk, play and take frequent naps. At eight weeks old puppies usually leave their mothers for new homes. The whole cycle may begin again after a grown dog is two years old. Much additional information is added to the book using sidebars; a chart that clearly illustrates the three stages of a dog's life; a bibliography; a glossary; a list of "Fun Facts"; and websites located through FactHound. It is reassuring that these sites were checked by the publishing staff. Primary teachers and young children will find this book useful and instructive. This should be on a priority purchase list for schools and libraries. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
Suzanne Slade is the author of 100 books for children, including many titles on science topics. Suzanne holds a Mechanical Engineering degree, and has worked on Delta IV rockets and car braking systems before beginning her writing career. She lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and two children.
Jeff Yesh is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer whose award-winning work has been featured in multiple children's books. As a freelance artist, he splits his time illustrating both fiction and non-fiction works enjoyed by all ages, in addition to designing material for a wide variety of clients in the advertising and sports industries. Born and raised in Indiana, Jeff graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Based in Carmel, Indiana, Jeff enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with his wife and two daughters.