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It's a Dog's Life: How Man's Best Friend Sees, Hears, and Smells the World

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Publisher Comments:

Have you ever wondered what your dog sees when he looks at a sunset? Or what she smells when she has her nose to the ground? And what IS your pooch trying to say when he looks at you with those big puppy eyes? With a thoroughly silly text and adorable illustrations, IT'S DOG'S LIFE answers those questions and a whole lot more. Covering everything from dog breeds to their evolution and behavior, this accessible nonfiction book is sure to satisfy even the most voracious fact hounds.

Review:

"A wisecracking dog narrates this off-the-cuff look at the 'secret life' of his species. Goodman (See How They Run) opens with a brief overview of dogs' rapport with early humans and their subsequent roles (honed through breeding) as hunters, herders, haulers, and guide dogs. Noting 'we take this best friend business very seriously,' the canine narrator then offers an anecdotal discussion of dogs' sharp hearing, keen sense of smell, variable eyesight ('we're not the best at seeing details'), and methods of communication, including barking, tail wagging, and body language. Providing solid likenesses of a range of breeds, Slonim's (10 Turkeys in the Road) cartoons suit the upbeat, comedic tone of the text ('We pee on every rock and tree for good reason. Think of that telephone pole as a newspaper or pee-mail'). Additional information from 'a human point of view' closes out the book and expands on topics covered earlier ('The section of a dog's brain devoted to smell is forty times bigger than in human ones'). An agreeable and enlightening jumble of facts and humor. Ages 6 — 9. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Susan E. Goodman likes taking long walks, would never put a dog in a costume, and is a soft touch when it comes to giving out treats. She is a busy author whose recent books include See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes and the Race to the White House and All in Just One Cookie, an ALA Notable.  
 
David Slonims dog, Maggie, has taught him many things about dogness, including how to bark your head off when the doorbell rings, how to lie around doing nothing, and how to eat without chewing.  David is the award-winning author/ illustrator of He Came with the Couch and Oh Ducky!.  He has illustrated many other books, including Ten Turkeys in the Road, How to Teach a Slug to Read, Silly Tilly and Moishe's Miracle, a New York Times Top 10 Books of the Year selection. 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596434486
Author:
Goodman, Susan E.
Publisher:
Flash Point
Author:
Slonim, David
Subject:
Animals - Dogs
Subject:
PETS / Dogs / General
Subject:
Children s Nonfiction-Animals
Edition Description:
Picture Book Nonfiction
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 1 up to 4
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full color throughout
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
10 x 8 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 6 up to 9

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A wisecracking dog narrates this off-the-cuff look at the 'secret life' of his species. Goodman (See How They Run) opens with a brief overview of dogs' rapport with early humans and their subsequent roles (honed through breeding) as hunters, herders, haulers, and guide dogs. Noting 'we take this best friend business very seriously,' the canine narrator then offers an anecdotal discussion of dogs' sharp hearing, keen sense of smell, variable eyesight ('we're not the best at seeing details'), and methods of communication, including barking, tail wagging, and body language. Providing solid likenesses of a range of breeds, Slonim's (10 Turkeys in the Road) cartoons suit the upbeat, comedic tone of the text ('We pee on every rock and tree for good reason. Think of that telephone pole as a newspaper or pee-mail'). Additional information from 'a human point of view' closes out the book and expands on topics covered earlier ('The section of a dog's brain devoted to smell is forty times bigger than in human ones'). An agreeable and enlightening jumble of facts and humor. Ages 6 — 9. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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