Title: Home on the Range
Written by: Lucy Nolan
Illustrated by: Mike Reed
Reviewed by: Lucas V., Grade 4
This book is about dogs who get loose and get into food carts and have ridiculous names like "sit" and other tricks. They get lost and the coyotes come after them. But then the owners come and get them. The dogs have fun adventures. They are only gone for one day!
The whole story takes place in the desert. It's dusty, bright, and hot with lots of sand, strong winds and cactus.
The main characters are "Down Girl" and "Sit". They also meet another dog named "Git". Down Girl and Sit like to chase squirrels like normal dogs. But Git is a farm dog who heards cows and takes care of the farm.
The pictures help tell the story. They help to show a bull or a stampede. They were nice.
Title: Dog Diaries: Buddy
Written by: Kate Klimo
Illustrator: Tim Jessell
Reviewed by: Lucas V., Grade 4
The book is about a dog named Buddy. He was the first dog that became a seeing-eye dog. The story is told as if Buddy is writing a journal and telling his story. There are more dogs than him that become seeing eye dogs, some of them are Buddy's friends.
I learned that seeing-eye dogs, especially German Shepherds are very well trained. I learned about Ms. Eustis and how she helped to start the first seeing-eye training school in 1929.
There are black and white drawings in the book and photographs at the end. I liked the photographs at the end because it showed what the real Buddy and Ms. Eustis and Morris (the first blind person to get a seeing eye dog) looked like.
I like this book. And I think people who like reading long and interesting books about animals would like this since it's actually a really nice book. People who have dogs should read this book, too.
Title: Once I Ate a Pie
Author: Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest
Illustrator: Katy Schneider
Reviewed by: Myla T., Grade I
This book is about all different dogs and what they like to do. The poems take place in all different scenes. There is a Pomeranian that is gold with long hair. It has little ears and barks a lot. The pictures show what the dogs like and do not like.
I would tell kids who like dogs to read this book.
Title: A Dog's Life
Author: Ann M. Martin
Reviewed by: Kayla H., Grade V
This book is about the life of a stray dog. The book talks about the hunting skills they use to survive alone in the wild, the making of warm beds for the frigid winter, how they look for water to stay hydrated, and the excitement they share with each other. This is what the stray dogs did over and over again every year
This story takes place in the past. The author does not mention a specific place where the story takes place but I would guess that it is in America and it takes place in a town like Bordentown N.J
The character I picked to describe is Daisy. She is cautious about the risks she takes. She has grown up to be careful and smart. She has learned that everything will be all right if she just believes it will. Daisy reminds me of myself because she makes sure the risks she takes will not injure her and I do the same thing too.
This book is very interesting because once you start reading it you cannot put it down. I would recommend this book to the people who like dogs because it tells you a whole story about a dog’s life. Even if you do not like dogs, this book would be interesting. You should read this book because I know you would like it.
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