Sunday, December 13, 2009

Juvenile Nonfiction: Shelter Dogs

Title: Shelter Dogs: Amazing Stories of Adopted Strays
Author: Peg Kehret
Photographs by Greg Farrar
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Media Type : Book

Do you like dogs? Try Shelter Dogs: Amazing Stories of Adopted Strays written by Peg Kehret. This book tells the true stories of eight stray dogs that were saved by animal shelters. These dogs went on to accomplish great things under the care of loving owners who adopted them. A service dog, a movie star, and a life-saving hero are among the dogs that are sure to interest even reluctant readers.

Shelter Dogs is organized into eight chapters, each featuring a different adopted dog. A black and white photograph introduces each chapter. Then a moving story about the dog is told with simple, direct language and humor. At the end of each chapter, information is appended for those seeking further knowledge about a topic in the dog’s story. Because of its appealing subject matter and the way it’s told in short segments, this 144-page book will entice reluctant readers and also will make a great read-aloud for elementary and middle school students.

Children and grown-ups will be inspired by these stories of patience, compassion, and discipline. This book will lead to great discussions about responsibility and caring for others. It may also motivate readers to adopt dogs themselves.

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