Written by Margarita Engle
Illustrated by Mary Morgan
Published by Henry Holt and Company LLC, 2013
Themes: search dogs, rescue work, lost children,
I am a graduate of sniffing school.
Readers will meet a young rescue dog, who has just graduated from sniffing school and a toddler, who loves cookies, books and jumping in puddles. It is a warm and reassuring story of a child’s innate curiosity causing it to lose its way and the faithful, newly trained rescue dog using all its skills to find the child and bring it to safety. The language skips a gentle trace across the pages of soft, muted forest scenes and there is no fear, despite the child wandering.
Engle has included a page of rescue dog nose facts AND advice for parents and teachers about keeping children safe.
Why I like this book:
This picture book includes many facts about these wonderful rescue dogs, beautifully woven into to storyline. I like the choice of fiction, and feel the story and message will appeal to very young children. They will learn how when a dog sniffs, it is smelling the story of the animals and people that have passed that spot. Its is a moving story that will help kids stay safe and help them appreciate the training and work of these dogs. I didn’t know the advice to teach children to choose a special tree friend and stay put when they get lost!
This is a great addition to the topics of child safety and dogs at work.
The Search And Rescue dog website is http://sardog.org/
On July 28th, Margarita’s latest book was published, which would be a great companion here for children 8 and up, MOUNTAIN DOG.
Safe Kids Worldwide website offers great safety tips form 5-9 year-olds.
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