Jake: A Labrador Puppy at Work and Play

Jake: A Labrador Puppy at Work and Play

by Jones, Bill Eppridge
     
 

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Heartwarming photographs accompany this simply written, endearing account of the education of a pedigree Labrador puppy, from learning basic obedience to mastering the age-old art of retrieving.

"Splendid...The author's affection...permeates the text."-Publishers Weekly

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Heartwarming photographs accompany this simply written, endearing account of the education of a pedigree Labrador puppy, from learning basic obedience to mastering the age-old art of retrieving.

"Splendid...The author's affection...permeates the text."-Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An adorable puppy and a writer who understands dogs as deeply as he loves them are the subjects of this splendid photo essay. Jones chronicles the milestones in his dog Jake's first year, from the initial meeting with the elder Jones dog, Luke, to lessons in retrieving. The author's affection--a pure sort, born of respect and knowledge, and uncontaminated by coyness or embarrassment--permeates the text. Eppridge's photographs, too, cleanly capture Jake's brand of animal magnetism. The only danger: Jones is so experienced a trainer that Jake learns the household routines with few setbacks (he chews, photogenically, on a cat-shaped tea cozy), and housebreaking is painless--mere mortals might want to add Some Swell Pup to the syllabuses of young would-be dog-owners to foreshadow more typical experiences. Older readers should be encouraged to peruse Jones and Eppridge's Upland Passage: A Field Dog's Education , a simultaneously released adult trade title that greatly expands on the material covered here while retaining the same rare balance of enthusiasm, wisdom and restraint. Ages 8-up. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- A look at the first year in the life of a yellow labrador retriever. Through serviceable and clear prose, Jones gives a good picture of the puppy's personality as he matures and an even better picture of the steps needed to train him as a successful hunting dog. Eppridge's full-color photographs are the book's strongest drawing card: they are extremely attractive and appealing. There are a number of books available about a puppy's development, but this one offers a new slant as the animal is being trained to hunt, rather than as a family pet or to help the disabled. Therefore, those looking to expand their coverage in the 636.7 section should consider purchase. --Kay McPherson, Central Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, GA
Leone McDermott
Good-quality photographs give appeal to this account of a Labrador puppy's growing into a working dog. At eight weeks of age, Jake comes to live with a new family and to start a course of training in basic obedience and retrieving skills. In a straightforward narrative, Jones describes Jake's behavior in his new surroundings, discusses dog psychology, and shows the steps taken to educate a hunting dog. The illustrations present Jake in all his puppy charm, chewing flowers, playing with a kitten, leaping in a stream, and going through his paces in obedience training. Although Jones' focus is Jake's education, this is not a training manual. Rather, it introduces basic facts about dog training in the context of Jake's personal story. Young dog owners with an interest in training their pets will find the book informative and appealing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374336554
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
10/01/1992
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.91(w) x 8.83(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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