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Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
Pomeranians, part of ABDO Publishing Company's "Checkerboard Animal Library Series" "Dogs Set IX," is designed to aid children in the process of selecting and caring for a new dog, as well as provide basic historical and practical information about the breed. Beginning with the chapter entitled The Dog Family the book describes the basic history of the domestic dog and focuses on the fact that some dogs were raised to be a "good friend and pet" and one of these is the Pomeranian. The chapter entitled Pomeranians goes into more detail on the breed's traits, abilities, and history as a companion, and the fact that the breed was named by Queen Charlotte of England. In 1760 she got dogs from Pomerania and named them for the area. Seven short chapters follow including What They're Like (featuring a photo of a Pomeranian flying over an agility jump), Coat and Color, Size, Care (with emphasis on the breed's need for frequent grooming), Feeding, Things They Need (the photo of the Pom strapped into the basket of a bicycle shows their small size and need for safe travel but is not a recommended way to travel with any dog or pet), and Puppies (which does not mention the importance of finding a responsible breeder but does note the breed's need for socialization). Emphasis on the breed's grooming requirements and needs for socialization are covered. A 17-word glossary containing words related to this breed, and others, is followed by a paragraph on Web Sites and reference to ABDO Publishing's website and Index. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman

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ABDO Publishing Company
Publication date:
Checkerboard Animal: Dogs
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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