Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-RudmanThe regal Lhasa apso hidden under a mane of fur on the cover of this book belies its ancient history. Beginning with a chapter entitled "The Dog Family," the book discusses the dog's development from wolf to domestic breed. Discussion of the breed's history begins in the chapter entitled "Lhasa Apsos," in which the breed's history (dating back to Tibet in the 700s BC) and derivation of its name is discussed. The reader learns that Lhasa apsos were never sold, and only left Tibet as gifts of good fortune. The first pair in the United States was sent to a breeder in New Jersey in 1933. Interesting facts in this chapter invite discussions about geography, history, and life sciences. In the chapter entitled "What They're Like," the derivation of the breed's nicknamelittle lion dogis covered. In fact, the "Coat and Color" chapter explains why heavy, lion-like hair hangs over the Lhasa apso's ears and eyes and explains that the dog can see through it using its long eyelashes to part its fur. Many interesting facts are covered in this short chapter. Subsequent chapters cover size, care, and feeding. The "Things They Need" and "Puppies" chapters elaborate on the dogs playful nature and need for attention. Proper training, the breed's activity level, and ways to find and purchase a Lhasa apso are also covered in these chapters. Large type, short sentences, and clear graphics help even below-level readers gain confidence. Definitions of 12 words are listed in a short glossary. The subchapter on Web sites provides links to further study on Lhasa apsos by directing readers to www.abdopub.com. Lhasa Apsos is part of the "ABDO Checkerboard Animal LibraryDogs Set VI" ofbreed-specific books. Parents, librarians, and teachers will want to collect them all, since each is well written, engaging, and captures the essence of its particular breed while supporting national science standards related to life science.
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