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Children's LiteratureA confident, relaxed pug stares directly into the camera on the cover of this colorful early reader and sets the tone for what is inside. The large type, crisp graphics, short sentences, and full-page photographs encourage below-level readers. Chapters include "Brave Dogs," "From Puppy to Adult," and "Taking Care of Pugs." The book's focus on the pug's fearlessness and strength despite its small size will inspire children to believe in themselves. An introduction to the concept of dogs having "jobs" is covered in a description of a therapy dog. The chapter entitled "Taking Care of Pugs" discusses the breed's wrinkled face and the special attention required for good health. Illustrated by a photograph of a black pug smiling in a suds-filled tub, this chapter will encourage health and hygiene discussions. The book's "Glossary," "Read More" and "Internet Sites" chapters, headed with large colorful bones, offer opportunities for further study and research about this popular breed and may require assistance. The "Internet Sites" listing offers an invitation to visit www.facthound.com by typing in a special code for age-appropriate sites related to this particular book. This title is part of the "Pebble Dogs" set of breed-specific books. Parents, librarians and teachers will want to collect them all since each is well written, engaging, and captures the essence of the particular breed while supporting national science standards related to life science. 2006, Capstone Press, Ages 4 to 6.