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True-or-False Book of Dogs

True-or-False Book of Dogs

by Patricia Lauber, Rosalyn Schanzer (Illustrator)

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They howl along with our singing, ward off strangers with their fierce barking, and welcome us at the door before we reach it.

The animal-loving duo who created The True-or-False Book of Cats and The True-or-False Book of Horses teams up once again, this time to pay homage to our canine companions. In her accessible true-or-false format, Newbery


They howl along with our singing, ward off strangers with their fierce barking, and welcome us at the door before we reach it.

The animal-loving duo who created The True-or-False Book of Cats and The True-or-False Book of Horses teams up once again, this time to pay homage to our canine companions. In her accessible true-or-false format, Newbery Honor author Patricia Lauber enlightens the curious. She tells the whole story -- how certain wolves became dogs and how dogs became specialized while retaining wolflike traits. Rosalyn Schanzer shows forty different breeds of dog here -- as well as several mixed-breed varieties. With her caring touch, she captures the qualities that make us love them so.

Whether you're the proud owner of a St. Bernard or dream of adopting a chihuahua, this book is for you. The friendship between you and your dog carries on a relationship that has lasted for thousands of years.

Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
Starting all the way back "when there were no dogs, only wolves," Newbery medalist Patricia Lauber leads a brisk but enlightening romp through canine history in an effort to root out some popular misconceptions. —Elizabeth Ward
Children's Literature
Just as they did for cats and horses, Lauber and Schanzer have created a fine introduction to a domestic animal with its origins in the wild and prehistoric past. Text explains how wolves may have become domesticated over time and bred for certain qualities, such as good barkers or good trackers. Readers begin to understand how breeds have proliferated in the last several centuries, how dogs become specialized while retaining wolf-like qualities, and what unique qualities dogs possess. Schanzer's drawings are informative to gently humorous with evidence of strong research in depicting each breed's qualities. The true-or-false statements ("Most breeds of dogs are fairly new" or "A dog's body may tell of its feelings") evoke readers' curiosities so that they will read beyond the confirmation or disconfirmation of their initial responses and learn more in these double page spreads. There's no index but the initial questions in the contents lead readers to easy retrieval of information. Put this one alongside Jan Brett's The First Dog (Harcourt, 1999) and Jean Craighead George's How to Talk to Your Dog (HarperCollins, 2000) to continue children's inquiry into the nature of dogs. 2003, HarperCollins, Ages 6 to 9.
— Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Lauber continues the series she started with The True-or-False Book of Cats (National Geographic, 1998) and The True-or-False Book of Horses (Morrow, 2000) with this entry that traces the long history of dogs. She opens with a brief discussion of the relationship between wolves and early humans, and describes how all dogs descended from the first domesticated wolves. Thirteen true-or-false statements follow, along with the information that allows readers to determine the answers. The topics addressed here are high interest and kid friendly: Do dogs hear more than people do? Did ancient Egyptians breed dogs as well as cats? Do dogs see what we see? Schanzer's bright illustrations are serviceable and the breeds are always identified, a touch that is sure to be appreciated by dog lovers. A lively look at an ever-popular topic.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Following the same format as her previous, similarly titled works on cats and horses, Lauber first briefs readers on the hypothetical origins of the dog-human relationship and then takes them through a series of true-or-false questions exploring dog physiology, behavior, breeding, and psychology. While many of the questions may appear to be leading the witness, so to speak-has it really independently occurred to readers to wonder whether "[d]ogs bark less than wolves do?"-they nevertheless painlessly add to the reader's store of canine knowledge. One significant weakness is her presentation of early dog-human interaction as absolute fact with much assertion and little reference to anthropological research-"Because people like to feed animals, [early humans] probably threw bits of food to the friendlier wolves"-but then, this never pretends to be hard science. Schanzer's carefully labeled ink-and-watercolor cartoony illustrations feature a variety of ancient and modern breeds (and non-breeds) in both dramatic and humorous situations, adding to the breezy tone. (Nonfiction. 6-10)

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HarperCollins Children's Books
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8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Patricia Lauber is the author of more than sixty-five books for young readers. Many of them are in the field of science, and their range reflects the diversity of her own interests-bats, dolphins, dogs, volcanoes, earthquakes, the ice ages, the Everglades, the planets, earthworms. Two of her books, SEEDS: POP STICK GLIDE and JOURNEY TO THE PLANETS, were nonfiction nominees for The American Book Awards. She was the 1983 winner of The Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to children's nonfiction literature.

As well as writing books, Ms. Lauber has been editor of Junior Scholastic, editor-in-chief of Science World, and chief editor, science and mathematics, of The New Book of Knowledge

A graduate of Wellesley College, she is married and lives in Connecticut. When not writing, she enjoys hiking, sailing, traveling, cooking, reading, and listening to music.

Patricia Lauber is the highly acclaimed author of, among others, Volcano, a Newbery Honor Book, and Flood, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Her fascination with horses began in childhood, when she loved to read about them. She learned to ride, and at the age of twelve spent a memorable summer on a ranch in New Mexico. Patricia Lauber lives with her husband in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Rosalyn Schanzer has written and illustrated several outstanding children's books, including her How We Crossed the West, which received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, and, most recently, Gold Fever! As a child, she always enjoyed reading stories about horses. By the time the artist was twelve years old, she'd read all of the Black Stallion books, by Walter Farley; then she studied the muscle structures of horses so that she could draw them herself. Rosalyn Schanzer lives with her husband, Steve, their children, Adam and Kim, and their family dog, Jones, in Fairfax Station, Virginia.

Patricia Lauber and Rosalyn Schanzer recently collaborated on The True-or-False Book of Cats, which School Library Journal called "A delightful look at the behavior of these popular pets ... A book that will frequently stray from the shelf."

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