Guide Dog Goes to School: The Story of a Dog Trained to Lead the Blind

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-5 In a succinct yet readable fashion, Smith recounts what it takes to train a guide dog for the blind. After a brief introduction and history, she introduces Cindy, a golden retriever who, after passing some tests as a puppy, is raised by a family for one year. She returns to the guide dog school for specific training, after which she is finally introduced to her new owner, a young girl going off to college. Readers learn about the various pitfalls the dog must face before she is considered ready to meet a blind master. Using a specific dog leads to some contrived conversations, but the dog is always presented as an animal. This would be a good supplement to Beverly Butler's Maggie by My Side (Dodd, 1987), written from the viewpoint of the owner. It is illustrated with lackluster black-and-white drawings. The index is of limited use because it puts the specifics of training under the main headings of the dog and the people involved. The book will still help to fill requests for more books about the blind. Margaret C. Howell, Cameron Elementary School, Fairfax County, Va.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780688068448
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1987
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.27 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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