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The Dog Encyclopedia for Kids

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The Dog Encyclopedia for Kids

Kids and adults who love dogs will gravitate toward DOG ENCYCLOPEDIA FOR KIDS by Tammy Gagne. Colorful photos capture the beauty and personalities of the dogs. It’s packed with useful and fun information, such as appearance, personality, breed background, country of origin, training notes and care notes. The neatly organized Table of Contents makes it a cinch to look up a dog or a specific breed of dog. The Table of Contents is also color coded to match the header throughout the book. For instance, diverse dogs are in the purple header section, while tiny toys are in the red header section.

"Kids and adults who love dogs will gravitate toward DOG ENCYCLOPEDIA FOR KIDS by Tammy Gagne. Colorful photos capture the beauty and personalities of the dogs."

Each dog in the book comes with a Fun Fact section. I really enjoyed reading the fun fact section because it provides interesting tidbits like the fact that the West Highland White Terrier needs sunscreen because it burns easily and that it’s okay to apply sunscreen. Another fun fact is that two Pomeranians made it out alive on the treacherous journey of the Titanic because historians believed the owners snuck them into lifeboats. An additional fun fact notes that Thomas Jefferson brought the first Briard dogs to the U.S.

Some dogs even have a Famous Dog section, which has some noteworthy trivia like the Afghan Hound is what Pablo Picasso based his 50 foot sculpture on or that Toto from the Wizard of Oz is a Cairn Terrier.

Families thinking of welcoming a dog to their family will especially like the personality, training notes and care notes. The personality gives insight into information like if a dog needs a lot of space to run around which could be important for a city dweller to consider. The training section reflects how much training certain breeds need so a busy family can see which dogs don’t require as much training. Other honest information in that section points out which breeds test the owner’s authority. Care notes might contain information about what dogs need a lot of grooming or how much exercise a dog needs.

I really liked this resourceful book. The photos are amazing and will get kids turning the pages just to look at all the cute dogs. I enjoyed flipping through the book to read the Fun Facts and Famous Dog sections as it’s interesting how integral dogs have become in our society.  I think that the information contained in the book is really vital for families to make smart choices for finding the perfect pooch.

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Purcell on April 3, 2017

The Dog Encyclopedia for Kids
by Tammy Gagne