|Made for each other : why dogs and people are perfect partners|
Author: Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw
An insightful scientific exploration of why dogs really are a man's best friend.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 5.80
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 193856
Kirkus Reviews (10/15/17)
School Library Journal (11/01/17)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 11/01/2017 Gr 2–5—Beginning with the "ancient bonds" formed thousands of years ago, Patent explores the long relationship between humans and dogs in this satisfying nonfiction read. The author's compendium of intriguing information includes comparing traits of wolves and dogs to sharing research about how dogs are aware of happy faces and how they understand words and gestures. The well-researched narrative is presented in an understandable and friendly, yet authoritative, voice. Information is divided into three major parts: "A Perfect Partnership," "The Science of Love," and "Sharing Our Lives," and each of those areas are explored in briefer, more targeted sections, and all are identified in the table of contents. The welcoming layout uses a variety of design elements, including occasional font variations, paw prints on some pages' corners, colored circles containing tidbits of info, and more to make this an enjoyable, browsable book. Dog lovers will be quickly enticed to reading the entire work from cover to cover. Clear, attractive photographs by Muñoz support and complement the text. VERDICT It has been said man's best friend is a dog, and this book about canines is sure to make fast friends with young readers.—Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 01/01/2018 Irresistible photos of babies, puppies, kids, and dogs (plus a few token adults) happily frolic across pages as three main sections explore the relationship between people and dogs: our perfect partnerships, the science behind these bonds, and how our canine companions share our lives. If any of this sounds like familiar territory, think again. There is an emphasis on the science aspect: evolutionary changes in DNA, specific trait breeding, brain research on dog intelligence and emotions, and communication. Accessible chunks of text mingle with compare/contrast charts, bubble picture captions, and chapter headings and subheadings, plus important points emphasized in bright, oversize fonts. And, yes, those photos: every page contains either single shots or montages, expressive, unexpected, and astutely aligned with content. Source notes, resources appropriate for young readers (books, websites, videos), and notable adult sources used as research (books, interviews with scientists) appear at the end. The engaging cover will make this a natural draw for dog lovers, but be sure to promote this as a STEM title, too. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.