Review by School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 3-These easy-readers provide a wealth of information about cats and dogs in a kid-friendly way. Topics covered include the senses, size of litters, similarities to animals in the wild, methods of communication, and explanations for specific behaviors. Holub mixes interesting facts with information about pet care, stories about cat or dog heroes, and simple instructions for making inexpensive toys (Cats) or tips for training (Dogs). Cartoon illustrations are combined with candid full-color photographs of a variety of feline and canine breeds, kittens and puppies, and children interacting with their pets. The concise chapters with bold headings and clearly written texts make these titles solid choices for school reports on animals and great picks for reluctant readers. There is one small minus-the breeds shown in the photos aren't identified-but don't let that deter you from adding these engaging titles to your collection.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary, Huntsville, AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Horn Book Review
Easy-to-read texts ask and answer these and other common questions about cats' and dogs' physical attributes, life cycles, senses, behaviors, and evolution. Packed with interesting information and illustrated with an abundance of cartoon artwork and color photographs, these books also include directions for making cat toys and teaching your dog basic obedience commands. From HORN BOOK Fall 2001, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
The only hesitation readers might have about this easy-to-read gathering of dog information is that the answers are a little too pat, without room for doubt or suggestion. Why dogs bark is a good example. Holub writes here that barking is a form of warning or greeting. But dogs will also bark for just about any reason, which makes for a lot of false alarms on the warning front. On the other hand, the book does offer plenty material on sniffing and tail-wagging, on how much fun dogs can be, and what an amazing variety there is. It is chock-a-block with photographs of dogs doing dog things, and there is a small complement of line drawings to soften the touch. The text is facile without being silly or moronic: "When puppies are three to four weeks old, they begin to walk, bark, play, and wag their tails." Nice to have an easy-reader information book on a topic sure to be enticing. A companion volume is available: Why Do Cats Meow? (ISBN 0-8037-2503-5) (Easy reader. 5-8)
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