This engaging tale of a Stone Age girl named Maddia who adopts a starving _wolf pup is both exciting and informative, and it is supported by our _knowledge of the time period in which the story is set, approximately 15,000_ years ago. In addition to being entertained, readers will learn how our _ancestors' discoveries demonstrate that they possessed greater intellectual_ capabilities than many of us give them credit for.??The story recounts one of the most important advances in human history. The domestication of the wolf to become the dog was the first step toward the agricultural revolution that occurred five thousand years later. The young wolf seems to have a magical effect on the clan, and the wolf is involved in many of the discoveries that are humanity's stepping-stones to_ civilization.
??Readers will learn about:
-early domestication of animals
-invention of the basket
-use of levers and wheels for moving heavy objects
-development of rope_
-advancement of hunting technology
-significance of plant seeds
-herding of live animals
-experimentation with fire??
The richness of the visual images in Nasha is extraordinary. Recognizing that young readers have been surrounded by visual media since birth, the_ author tells the story with a series of descriptions that serve as a background on which the imagination can paint with greater detail.??The dangers that these young characters face are thrilling, yet there is little of the gratuitous violence that characterizes much of contemporary fiction. Readers will come to understand that the role of young people in primitive societies was critical because of what they do themselves and what they bring out in others.??Nasha: The First Dog contains subtle messages that promote positive values. This accessible book features an intricate plot that is sure to appeal to young readers. Anyone who has ever loved a dog will have a difficult time resisting the book cover.
About the Author
Dr. Milone gets up very early every day so he can swim, bike, run, or work out at the gym. He has completed more than 30 marathons, including Boston, plus two Ironman races and hundreds of other races. In the winter, he goes skiing or snowboarding when he can. One of his favorite events is the Mt. Taylor Winter Quadrathlon, which lets him combine biking,running, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. The course is more than 40 miles long and goes up and down a mountain that is 11,301 feet high.
Among his odd hobbies are juggling, woodworking, and fly fishing. He ties his own flies, and if he manages to catch a fish, he releases it. He enjoys golf, tennis, and surfing, although he confesses that he simply doesn’t have enough time to do justice to these pastimes. He loves to cook food that is tasty, healthy, and simple to prepare. And, like his characters, he is a stone stacker. If you are ever running in the mountains of New Mexico and come upon some stacked stones, he might be the responsible party.
Dr. Milone is a nationally recognized assessment specialist and award-winning educational writer. He earned a Ph.D. in 1978 from The Ohio State University and has served in an adjunct capacity at Ohio State, The University of Arizona, Gallaudet University, and New Mexico State University. He has taught in regular and special education programs at all levels, holds a Master of Arts degree from Gallaudet University, and is fluent in American Sign Language. He served on the board of directors of the Association of Educational Publishers and was a member of the Literacy Assessment Committee and a past chair of the Technology and Literacy Committee of the International Reading Association. He has contributed to both readingonline.org and Technology & Learning magazine on a regular basis. He currently serves on the Research Advisory Board of Renaissance Learning and the Education Advisory Team of Bluenose Edutainment. Dr. Milone has been associated with ATP/Arena Press since 1980.