Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Doggone Good Books

I am a sucker for dog books. Doesn't matter if it's written for children or adults-I'll read them. Imagine my delight when I recently read two lovely dog-related children's nonfiction books!

Well, lovely is perhaps not the right word to use for Saving Audie. Little Audie's early life was anything but lovely at Michael Vicks's Bad News dogfighting ranch. Saving Audie chronicles the pit bull puppy's remarkable rehabilitation from a scared puppy to therapy dog. Information about pit bulls and a timeline of the entire case, from the discovery of the fighting ring to Vick's reinstatement into the NFL, is included. The emphasis is not on the conditions of the fighting ring, but on Audie's rehabilitation and successful recovery. Fantastic story about patience, love, and persistence.

Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm

Jon Katz is known for his adult nonfiction books about his farm dogs; Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm is his first book for children. We meet Rose (herds the sheep), Izzy (visits sick people in the hospital), Frieda (guards the farm), and Lenore: all have important jobs on the farm, yet Lenore's seems not as easily defined as the others. We learn that Lenore has helped workaholic Rose learn how to play, was Izzy's first friend when he came to the farm, and helps Frieda not feel lonely. "What is Lenore's job?" is asked throughout the book, which is eventually answered at the end of this darling book perfect for reading aloud.

Both books are perfect for young dog fans.

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