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Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the Worldby Nancy F. Castaldo
Synopses & Reviews
Anyone who has ever spent time with a dog knows that dogs love sniffing! They sniff out hidden food, dirty socks, and the visitor who comes to the door.and#160; But some dogs work with police officers, soldiers and even scientists to put their "sniffers" to work.and#160; Sniffer dogs make use of the amazing biology behind their noses to protect people from bombs, catch criminals smuggling drugs, or help researchers locate a hard to find snail in a forest.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; A dog's nose is so sensitive that if a human could see as well as a dog could smell, we would be able to see the small letters on an eye chart from four (four!) miles away.and#160; Is it any wonder then that dogs can be trained to find missing people in piles of rubble or a certain flower blooming amongst hundreds or thousands of other smells?and#160;
Inand#160;Sniffer Dogsand#160;you will meet many dogs and their handlers and learn all about their jobs. Some of these dogs are raised from birth to detect blood sugar levels in their owners.and#160; Others are rescued from animal shelters and their boisterous personalities help make them excellent sniffer dogs. Featuring a balance between science and social science, Sniffer Dogs will appeal to dog lovers and science lovers alike.and#160;
Readers will discover how detection dogs are able to use theirand#160;noses to find everything from people, both alive and dead, to explosives to . . . whale poop. These working dogs work to please, work to play, and work for love. Nonfiction for agesand#160;10 to 14.
In the newest addition to the ever-popular and authoritative nonfiction Scientists in the Field series, the team behindThe Frog Scientist take you on a research trip toand#160;New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean to follow crows in aviaries and in the wild while answering many thought-provoking questions like: andquot;Can a crow outsmart a scientist?andquot; Remarkably engaging narrative nonfiction coupled with beautiful photographs, this is a tripand#160;you wonand#39;t regret booking!
One of the biggest differences between humans and animals is the ability to understand the idea of andldquo;If I do X, Y might happen.andrdquo; New Caledonian crows seem to possess the intelligence to understand this andldquo;causalandrdquo; concept. Why do crows have this ability? What does the crow know and what does it tell us about brain size, evolutionary intelligence, and just who is the smartest creature on the planet? In the latest addition to the Scientists in the Field series, the creators ofand#160;The Frog Scientistand#160;take us to a beautiful Pacific island, where a lively cast of both crows and scientists is waiting to amuse and enlighten us.and#160;
About the Author
Nancy Castaldo lives in New York state near the Adirondacks (Chatham, NY) and is the regional advisor for SCBWI-Eastern New York. She wanted to be a veterinarian while growing up and was a biology and chemistry major in college.andnbsp; But then she realized she could combine her love for reading and writing with her science background, which is why she often writes about animals and science. She is also a photographer. She has a husband, daughter, and a huge English Goldendoodle named Gatsby.
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