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Children's Literature - Christy Devillier
For thousands of years, humankind and dogs have shared a special bond that goes beyond mere companionship. From the early days of hunting and herding to today's sophisticated jobs, this easy-to-read, engaging book highlights the many roles of working dogs. The author begins by introducing the concept of breeds and how specific ones are best suited to particular tasks. Readers learn about the basic characteristics of dogs, including their acute sense of smell and hearing that make them so beneficial to society. Gregory details many jobs performed by specific breeds—including K9 officers that assist police, military dogs that sniff out bombs and work in war zones, assistance dogs that guide people with visual or hearing impairments, and search and rescue dogs that locate victims of natural disasters and other calamities. Later chapters explore domestication, how and why breeds are cultivated, the importance of training working dogs, and what happens when working dogs retire. There is a "fact file" page that offers scientific classification, habitat, physical characteristics, diet, and more info. Other extras include a glossary, a habitat map, a list of books on the subject, and an index. Filled with appropriate photos that reinforce the text, this title is an ideal choice for students who want to learn about the fascinating partnership between people and domesticated dogs. Reviewer: Christy Devillier
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531243107
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Series: Children's Press Nature's Children Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 496,748
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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