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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Labrador Retriever: Most Popular by Jessica Rudolph

Labrador Retriever: Most Popular
by Jessica Rudolph
Big Dogs Rule series
Bearport Publishing, 2012
ISBN 9781617723001
The reviewer obtained a copy of the book from the publisher.

"Where are the dog books?" That question can be heard in my library many times each day. Kids love to read about pets, especially dogs. I was pleased to learn Bearport Publishing has published a new series, Big Dogs Rule. The series includes nonfiction books about German Shepards, Great Danes, Rottweilers, and more.

Labrador Retriever: Most Popular begins with the story of Pearl, a Lab that was rescued from an animal shelter and trained to locate people in disasters. Pearl used her training to locate people trapped in the rubble after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Rudolph outlines the history of Labrador retrievers and how they were used as fishing and hunting dogs due to their good sense of smell, ability to swim, strong bodies, and their instinct to retrieve. Other sections are devoted to Labs as guide dogs, competition dogs, and pets.

Colorful photographs of Labrador retrievers in action are placed throughout the book. Young readers will especially enjoy the photos of Lab puppies playing as well as the picture of a litter of pups snuggled up with their mother. Captions, bold print, and fact boxes (printed on dogs' tags) will aid readers as they navigate the text. An extensive glossary, index and bibliography are included in the back of the book. 

Labrador Retriever: Most Popular and the other books in the Big Dogs series will definitely meet the needs of pet lovers in your library or classroom.

4 stars
(Grades 2-5)

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