The stately German Shepherd on the cover is a classic example of the breed Early Readers will discover in Connie Colwell Miller's contribution to the "Pebble Dogs" set. The large type, short sentences, and crisp photographs help even below-level readers breeze through various chapters, including "Hard at Work," "From Puppy to Adult," and "German Shepherd Care." There are few surprises or insights about the breed presented in this book. German Shepherds are shown doing search-and-rescue, assisting a blind person, and as a floppy-eared puppy. Simple explanations of all activities are opposite each photo. The "Read More" and "Internet Sites" chapters, headed with large colorful bones, offer opportunities for further study and research of this smart, active breed and may require assistance. The "Internet Sites" listing offers an invitation to visit www.facthound.com by typing in a special code for age-appropriate sites related to this particular book. This title is part of the "Pebble Dogs" set of breed-specific books. Books in this series generally capture the essence of a particular breed while supporting national science standards related to life science.
Connie Colwell Miller is a writer, editor, and teacher who lives and works in Mankato, Minnesota. She studied writing at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and went on to earn her Masters in Fine Arts in creative writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she won an award for her poetry manuscript. She has written over 25 books for kids and published parenting essays and poetry online and in journals around the country. She spends her free time goofing around with her husband and three young, highly spirited children.