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Children's LiteratureThe relaxed golden retriever on the cover belies the action inside this early reader. Focusing on the golden retriever's proficiency as a retriever of items from sticks to birds, the book's first chapter, "The Retriever," spotlights that basic skill. With clear, full-page, color photographs the golden retriever's active nature and need for human companionship is highlighted. Large type, short sentences, and clear graphics help even below-level readers breeze through various chapters, including "The Retriever," "From Puppy to Adult," and "Golden Retriever Care." A great deal of emphasis is placed on the breed's love of retrieving but could have been made more interesting by including the breed's excellence as an obedience show competitor, guide dog for the blind, and exceptionally friendly nature. Discussions of "jobs" dogs can perform can develop from the photographs. The golden retriever's size and need for exercise and grooming are all covered. Explanations of all depicted activities are listed in a small "Glossary." The "Read More" and "Internet Sites" chapters, as well as the "Index," headed with large colorful bones, offer opportunities for further study and research about this fun-loving 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. Parents, librarians and teachers may want to collect them all since each is well written, engaging, and captures the essence of the particular breed while supporting national science standards related to life science. 2006, CapstonePress, Ages 4 to 6.