Product Details
List Price:
$8.95
Ages:
7 to 9
Grades:
2 to 4
Pages:
32
Trim Size:
10" x 11"
Published:
08/2009
Imprint:
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-674-1
Illustrations:
Full-color photographs

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About the Book

Overview

Guardian dogs help ranchers protect their flock. Like other livestock in the Rocky Mountains, sheep need protection from coyotes, wolves, and other predators. To address this, ranchers have imported guardian dogs from Europe, where the best breeds have sheltered livestock for thousands of years. Ranchers place guardian puppies in fleece so they identify with a sheep's smell. Soon, the dogs meet their first sheep and mingle with the flock. With little training and great instinct, the dogs understand that their job is to watch for danger . . . and to do some occasional baby-sitting. Cat Urbigkit's engaging photo-essay shows how guardian dogs form a bond with the sheep that lasts throughout the dogs' life. This bilingual edition brings an already popular, high-interest title to readers of Spanish and English.

Reviews

"This will not only replace George Ancona's out-of-print Sheep Dog (1985) in libraries, it will rivet young dog lovers in general." Kirkus Reviews

"Kids will . . . come away impressed by the 'unique closeness' that can develop between two species and will want to return again and again to the heart-tugging images of shaggy puppies nuzzling their charges." Booklist

"Suitable for reading aloud as well as reading alone. . . . Dogs with jobs remain an alluring topic, and this could partner effectively with titles about rescue dogs and assistance dogs, provide an interesting slant on ranch life and practices, or just offer a good excuse for looking at some cute puppy pictures." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Suitable for reading aloud as well as reading alone. . . . Dogs with jobs remain an alluring topic, and this could partner effectively with titles about rescue dogs and assistance dogs, provide an interesting slant on ranch life and practices, or just offer a good excuse for looking at some cute puppy pictures." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Awards
Meet the Author

Cat Urbigkit

Cat Urbigkit is the author and photographer of Path of the Pronghorn, a School Library Journal, starred review; Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs: How They Guard Sheep, an IRA Notable Children's Book; Cattle Kids: A Year on the Western Range; A Young Shepherd,a Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year; and Puppies, Puppies Everywhere!, an IRA-CBC Children's Choice. She lives in Wyoming.

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