Nicky the Swamp Dog : A True Story

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Nicky The Swamp Dog is the true story of a small dog (Rat Terrier) that finds a home with a swamp tour guide in the Atchafalaya River Basin in southern Louisiana. She grows up to be an accomplished scout, retriever and "assistant tour guide," befriending children and adults on swamp tours. Like her master, Nicky rescues and nurtures injured or lost animals, including beavers, nutria, ducklings, owls and even baby alligators. The story is lavishly illustrated with color photography of Nicky and her friends, both ...
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Overview

Nicky The Swamp Dog is the true story of a small dog (Rat Terrier) that finds a home with a swamp tour guide in the Atchafalaya River Basin in southern Louisiana. She grows up to be an accomplished scout, retriever and "assistant tour guide," befriending children and adults on swamp tours. Like her master, Nicky rescues and nurtures injured or lost animals, including beavers, nutria, ducklings, owls and even baby alligators. The story is lavishly illustrated with color photography of Nicky and her friends, both animal and human, as well as the swamp environment in which they live. The book is suited for children Third Grade and higher, as well as anyone who enjoys nice nature photography.
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Gr 3-5-Southern Louisiana's Atchafalaya River Basin is home to many swamp guides, and this book tells the story of one of them and his unique canine assistant. Nicky goes out with Guillory on his boat and helps entertain customers. She also plays a big role in helping rescue and nurture a wide variety of lost and injured animals. This "biography" begins with Nicky's adoption as a puppy by her master and details many of her adventures by providing anecdotes about her life, especially about her interaction with other swamp creatures. Unfortunately, finding a target audience for the book may be difficult. It's a very simple story with appeal for younger readers, but its intrinsic charm is greatly overwhelmed by the ornate writing style. The text is filled with extensive descriptions and dialogue that detract from the story's sense of immediacy, and much of Nicky's appeal gets buried in the narrative. Guillory's color photos are a nice accompaniment to the text. This offering might have slight appeal to kids living in the region, and die-hard animal fans might have some interest, but the sophisticated writing and text-heavy look will probably keep it from a wider audience.-Arwen Marshall, formerly at New York Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780925417367
  • Publisher: Acadian House Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 39
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2001

    Why an editor reviewer who say formerly with New York Public Library is insecure.

    This is a wonderful non-fiction book which appeals to children from 3 to 10. Simply using the technique of photographs in a book like this for children is charming. It will appeal to anyone who is not formerly from New York.

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