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Hero Dogs: Courageous Canines In Action

Award-winning journalist and nonfiction author Donna M. Jackson takes an in-depth look at extraordinary canines and the role they play in the daily lives of humans. Featuring real stories from the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, along with historical and scientific facts and dramatic photographs, this book explores some incredibly heroic and heartwarming moments. From bomb-sniffing dogs to guide dogs to avalanche rescue dogs to therapy dogs, these true stories of amazing canines will engage and fascinate readers of all ages.

Lexile Measure: 1090L (What's this?)

Hardcover: 48 pages

Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers; 1 edition (August 6, 2003)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0316826812

ISBN-13: 978-0316826815

Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #682,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #82 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Safety #2769 in Books > Children's Books > Animals > Dogs #15197 in Books > Children's Books > Action & Adventure

Age Range: 10 - 13 years

Grade Level: 5 - 8

we bought one of these for each of our neices and nephews. it is a great intro to a formerly (to most)unknown world. before 9/11, we probably didn't give much thought to the work that dogs do. Therefore we thought it was valuable for children to learn that dogs are functional members of our society, and to appreciate the work they do on our behalf. from seeing-eye companions to therapy, dogs of all sorts change the lives of people we know every day. the author did a great job of accurately researching and portraying each of the dogs in this book. We were happy to see this specialized segment of working animals highlighted in such an easy-to-read format.

Starts with the recent history of dogs helping humans (i.e. Balto, WWII, Sputnik II). Much of the book covers specific rescue dogs that assisted at ground zero. Later chapters highlight lifesaving, bomb sniffing, helping, etc. dogs. An interesting chapter discusses why Beagles are great at sniffing out contraband food for the USDA at airports. Photographs showing the dogs in action are excellent. Includes a list of resources and an extensive glossary. Karen Woodworth-Roman, Children's Science Book Review

This is a beautifully written and illustrated combination of stories about some real heroes - dogs, their handlers, and their owners. You'll have tears of sadness at the loss of heroes like Sirius, and tears of joy at the exploits of others like Alette and Bullet. This is a great book for kids and adults. What a wonderful tribute to heroes, two and four-footed!

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