Thursday, April 10, 2014

Shelf Life [kids]

How to Speak DOG: A Guide to Decoding Dog Language, by Aline Newman and Gary Weitzman, 176 pages.
Dogs communicate in many more ways than barking, yapping, growling and whimpering. A dog tells us what it wants or feels in non-verbal ways too - by the way it wags or holds its tail, holds its paw, points its ears, licks your face, looks (or stares) at you - and in other ways as well.
How to Speak DOG: A Guide to Decoding Dog Language demystifies a dog’s body language so that you will have a better idea of what it means when your dog rolls over, holds its tail straight, wags its tail slowly, pricks its ears or puts its paw on your knee.  
More than fifty different puppy poses with detailed explanations of their meanings are provided, as well as fun facts about dogs and their abilities, training tips, advice about caring for dogs, hands-on activities, quizzes and - because this is a National Geographic publication - many wonderful colour photos too.
Some forms of canine communication may surprise you. A yawn, for example, might not mean that a dog is tired. Instead, it might be a calming mechanism at a time when a dog is feeling uncertain or stressed.
This is an excellent book for anyone who has ever wished that they knew more about their pooch’s body language. Further sources of information are listed at the end of the book.
Co-author Gary Weitzman is a veterinarian and president of the San Diego Humane Society.

** Recommended for ages 9 years and up.

Everything Dogs: a National Geographic Kids Book, by Rebecca Baines, 64 pages.
This book promises to provide young readers with “all the canine facts, photos and fun that you can get your paws on!”
Did you know that there are over 350 dog breeds in the world today?  Did you know that as many as 24 puppies have been born in one litter; do you know why dogs bury bones, and did you realize that dogs are related to jackals, wolves and coyotes?
Children will be interested to learn about wild canine species as well as domesticated dogs in this book. They will discover the abilities, characteristics, instincts and habits that define dogs, as well as the needs of these loveable creatures.
Along with an abundance of information and lots of fantastic photos, readers can take a “What’s your ideal dog?” quiz and also find a “Canine Hall of Fame” in which they’ll meet such celebrities as Rin Tin Tin, Lassie and Berry (who played the part of Padfoot, Sirius Black’s “animagus” form of a black dog in the Harry Potter stories).
Everything Dogs is a thoroughly enjoyable, in-depth look at the intelligent, friendly and compassionate animal that is known as man’s best friend.

** Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.

This review appeared in the Stratford Gazette on April 10, 2014. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.

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