W Is for Woof: A Dog Alphabet

W Is for Woof: A Dog Alphabet

by Ruth Strother, Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
     
 

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What walks on four legs, runs in a 1,150-mile race, detects bombs, tracks bad guys, and still enjoys an afternoon of chasing Frisbees? It's Canis familiaris, otherwise known as the dog. Whether a mutt or purebred, the domesticated dog has been a part of human society for thousands of years. W is for Woof: A Dog Alphabet offers a canine course through simple rhymes

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What walks on four legs, runs in a 1,150-mile race, detects bombs, tracks bad guys, and still enjoys an afternoon of chasing Frisbees? It's Canis familiaris, otherwise known as the dog. Whether a mutt or purebred, the domesticated dog has been a part of human society for thousands of years. W is for Woof: A Dog Alphabet offers a canine course through simple rhymes accompanied by informative, entertaining sidebar text. Subject matter includes behavior, obedience training, grooming, and health care. O is for Obedience A dog who sits, and comes, and stays, and, overall, one who obeys, is calm and happy and carefree because she knows how she must be. After reading W is for Woof, you will have a better understanding of what makes "Rover" tick from the top of his head to the tip of his tail.Ruth Strother was the first editor-in-chief of BowTie Press, the book division of Fancy Publications which publishes magazines such as Dog Fancy and Popular Dogs. Her books for children include My Pet Dog, which was nominated for the 2000 ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award. Ruth lives in southern California. Artist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen has illustrated more than 20 books with Sleeping Bear Press, including the bestselling The Legend of Sleeping Bear; Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot; Friend on Freedom River; and his popular Hazel Ridge Farm stories. Gijsbert lives in Bath, Michigan, with his wife, Robbyn. They both travel to schools in the Great Lakes area.

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Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
Beginning with "A is for the American Kennel Club" and ending with "Z is for Zigzag Zoomies" this latest illustrated alphabet book in the "Sleeping Bear Press" series is an outstanding introduction to the world of dogs for all ages. Each letter is elaborated with a poem, and a more detailed description of that letter's topic provides age-appropriate information for readers ranging from pre-school to adult. (A pronunciation key for Xoloitzcuintli in the "X is for Xolo" description would make reading aloud a bit easier). The soft, impressionistic illustrations bring accuracy and movement to the detailed paintings of dogs and people depicted throughout. Topics covered include herding dogs, sled dogs, service dogs, junior showmanship, fun, love, urban dogs, and physical and mental abilities of dogs, among many others. The alphabet listings and illustrations are followed by pages detailing ways to discover your dog's age in human years, "Fun Facts," "Dog Terms," "Constellations," "To earn a Canine Good Citizen Certificate," "Rare Breeds," and other subjects. This would be a fine addition to any collection of alphabet books, as well as a science/nature library collection. Sleeping Bear Press also has a link to this book's "Teacher's Guide" on its website www.sleepingbearpress.com. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585364770
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
03/06/2009
Series:
Alphabet-Science and Nature Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
330,579
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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