Making Sense of Dog Senses: How Our Furry Friends Experience the World

Owlkids. Apr. 2024. 48p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781771475242.
Gr 5 Up–Every animal has senses that match their habitat and behavior; dogs are no exception. Dogs are descended from wolves, and there is a lot more to them than most readers can imagine. Not only are they “man’s” best friend, they are intelligent and intuitive—they can understand the health and habits of other dogs just by sniffing them! Dogs evolved to look different and developed into distinct breeds. These are just some of the interesting facts about canines that readers will learn. Gibeault teaches that from sniffing butts to keen hearing, there is much more to these beloved animals than meets the eye. Latif uses colorful, simple, yet educational illustrations to match the information readers absorb. The book’s attractive layout includes bright full-page spreads, sidebars, boxes, and helpful diagrams. Whether dog noses, footpads, or whiskers—curious dog-lovers will learn about it all. The text is easy to understand and not overwhelming for young readers.
VERDICT Gibeault crafts a fun, quirky book about dogs and their many abilities; great for animal lovers, young and old.

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