Title: Five True Dog StoriesFive-true-dog-stories
Author: Margaret Davidson
Illustrator: Susanne Suba
Pages: 47
Recommended Ages: 8-12
Star Rating: ★★★★★

I almost put this book back while purging my Goodwill stack a few weeks ago. And then I thought, “What on earth am I doing? This is exactly the sort of book I would have LOVED as a kid!” So I bought it. Turns out I still like dog stories…

Some dogs are pets. Some dogs are brilliant trackers. Dox was both. His owner, Giovanni Maimone was a policeman, and although he originally purchased Dox to be a pet, he discovered that Dox had a great sense of smell. So he began to train Dox… By the time Dox retired fifteen years later, he had helped to capture over 400 criminals!

While Dox helped to catch criminals, Grip helped the criminals to steal! His master, Tom Gerrard, trained Grip to distract passersby with his friendly antics and then, when they stooped to pet him, rip their wallet or purse away and take off running!

Wolf was not a friendly dog. He didn’t really like people or other dogs. But he considered it his duty to protect both of them from danger, even if it meant risking his life…

Some dogs are little. Some dogs are big. But Barry the St. Bernard was GIGANTIC. He lived in the high mountains of Switzerland and helped to rescue the people who got lost in the mountains. During his lifetime he saved over 42 people from death!

Balto was only part dog. The other part of him was wolf. He lived in Alaska with his owner, Gunnar Kasson, who used Balto as the lead dog on his sled team. One day, news came that a small village needed medicine or many of its inhabitants would die. However, the medicine was very far away from the village, and storms were raging. Could Balto deliver the medicine to the village in time?

Conclusion. If your children are animal lovers or enjoy the story of Balto, they’ll love this book. I wish I’d had it when I was a kid. =)

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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