How to Speak Dog

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by Sarah Whitehead. Nonfiction. 96 pages. Grades 3-6.
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This is an engaging book full of photos of teens and preteens interacting with dogs: teaching them tricks, keeping them safe, and understanding their behavior. There's a variety of text presentations on each page including opening paragraphs, smaller print blocks of text, sidebars and captions. The author treats her audience like the curious engaged equals they are -- never talking down to them.

It's a great book for able readers to read cover to cover, for struggling readers to browse and to read together with younger students. Bring this book into classrooms studying animal behavior, pets, or social skills and values like responsibility (with its focus on taking good care of a pet dog).

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