A World of Dogs by Carlie Sorosiak and Luisa Uribe
|A World of Dogs by Carlie Sorosiak and Luisa Uribe|
|Category: Children's Non-Fiction|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: A comprehensive look at the dog for the seven to ten year old reader. Excellent.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 96||Date: September 2023|
|Publisher: Nosy Crow|
In the interests of full disclosure, I must tell you that I'm a sucker for dogs. In nearly eight decades, I've never met one I didn't trust and I've loved most of them. I wish I felt the same about human beings. So, any book about dogs, I'm going to sit down and devour. Then I'm going to go back and read it properly. And so it was with A World of Dogs, with ninety-six pages devoted entirely to my four-legged friends. Author Carlie Sorosiak found herself the accidental owner of an American Dingo - she's learned quite a lot about dogs since then.
The end pages are pictures of dogs: there's virtually every breed you can think of - except for my own personal favourite, the Rhodesian Ridgeback. I got around this by imagining a ridge on the back of the Vizsla! This is an impressive hard-backed book (it would make a perfect present for a dog lover) and it's packed with real-life stories, fascinating facts and historical information. It's all delivered in bite-size chapters, none of which are long enough to allow boredom to seep in. Equally, there's a temptation - after just a couple of pages - to read just another chapter.
I was impressed by the depth of the information provided in these short chapters. For instance, the section on the dog's evolutionary tree goes back to the miacis which first appeared some 55 million years ago and is now extinct. There's sufficient detail to whet the imagination and encourage further research. I was fascinated by the relationship with the wolf and how domestication occurred. No child is going to feel patronised by the content of this book - as an adult, there was a lot of information which was new to me.
There is one snag with this book - the pestering to have a dog is going to be stepped up by several notches if there isn't already one in the family. This time, it's going to come from a basis of knowledge. Please don't say that I didn't warn you!
I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag. Adults who are addicted to dogs will love The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs. Children who are still working on their parents to get a dog will find this book handy.
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