Children's Literature - Sara LorimerBased on interviews with dog trainers, this book explores how dogs are used for hunting and herding. The first two chapters are about foxhunting; the remaining chapters are mostly about hunting other game and herding sheep and cattle. One section describes how a falconry dog is trained, and another how border collies learn to give sheep the eye. Also discussed is breeding dogs for specific characteristics (e.g., for dachshunds to be just the right size and shape for entering the holes of small animals, such as badgers or rabbits). Children who are interested in dogs will like the depth of information here; readers who are not interested in dogs will not be swayed by this book, as it can be quite technical for a children's book. The language is never condescending. The photographs work well with the text, usually showing the breed being discussed. The writing is choppy and could use a copyeditor, but young readers probably would not notice it. The sidebars sometimes have more text than the surrounding pages, which can make it difficult to read the book without breaking the natural flow. Backmatter includes a glossary, bibliography, index, and suggestions for further reading.
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