Thursday, November 30, 2017

Our very own dog by Amanda McCardie illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino

Kirkus Star review

Our very own dog is an excellent book for young children who have a new dog.  It is a combination of story and facts - Sophie, the Jack Russell, comes to live with a new family after they rescue her from the dog's home.  The new owner, a little girl aged four, has a lot to learn but she is very sensible and shares her knowledge with readers though little captions scattered on each page in a different font.

Here are a few facts - some I knew, some I appreciated hearing again :

  • Training works best when it is kind, patient and the same every time.
  • A shy or nervous dog may feel threatened if you look too closely into her face.
  • A dog's sense of smell is ten thousand times more sensitive than a person's.

Sophie is not perfect and Salvatore Rubbino's illustrations perfectly show her joyful antics - stealing sausages, rolling in the mud and shaking the mud off all over the parents!  The end papers might inspire a young artist, the index is useful and there is also a reading list on the last page.  This would be an excellent book for a school or pre school library.  Take a look at this review.

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