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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805093141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805093148
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,456,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the depth of emotion felt by canines and their owners will be universally understood."--Publishers Weekly

"These amusing tales, all of them strong and distinct, total up to a nice, easily accessible package that will be a hit with dog lovers.”--Kirkus

“This ode to the canine condition consists of nine original short stories by Martin and eight other authors.” -- BCCB

About the Author

Ann M. Martin is the author of many novels, including A Corner of the Universe, winner of the Newbery Honor, and Everything for a Dog, which has sold over 90,000 copies. Ann lives in upstate New York with her beloved dog, Sadie, and several rescued cats.
 
Jon Muth has written and illustrated many acclaimed picture books including his Caldecott Honor title, Zen Shorts, and The Three Questions, a New York Times bestseller. He lives in New York State with his wife and four children.
 
Mark Teague has written and illustrated books including the popular Pigsty, Baby Tamer, and One Halloween Night. He lives in Austerlitz, New York, with his wife and two daughters.
 
Margarita Engle is a Cuban American poet, novelist, and journalist whose work has been published in many countries. She is the author of young adult nonfiction books and novels in verse including The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor Book, The Poet Slave of Cuba, Hurricane Dancers, The Firefly Letters, and Tropical Secrets. She lives in northern California.
 
Thacher Hurd is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Bongo Fishing, Mama Don't Allow and Art Dog. He lives in Berkeley, California.
 
Valerie Hobbs is the recipient of the 1999 PEN/Norma Klein Award, a biennial prize that recognizes "an emerging voice of literary merit among American writers of children's fiction." She is the author of young adult and middle-grade novels including Sheep, Defiance, Anything but Ordinary, and The Last Best Days of Summer. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she has taught academic writing. Valerie lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband.
 
Matt de la Peña's books for young adults include Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here and I Will Save You. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Pam Muñoz Ryan has written over thirty books, including the award winning Esperanza Rising, Riding Freedom, and The Dreamer. She lives in North Dan Diego County with her family.
 
Wendy Orr has written more than two dozen children's books, including the Rainbow Street Shelter series, Mokie and Bik, Ark in the Park, and Nim's Island. She lives with her family in Australia, near the sea.
 
Olga and Alekesey Ivanov have illustrated the Charlotte's Web and Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse beginning readers' series for Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, as well as any others. They live in Denver, Colorado.

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My eight year old daughter loved this book.
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My criteria for a good kids book is anything my kids will read, so on that front, it succeeded wildly.
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I would recommend this book to adults heartily, as well as to children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VReviews VINE VOICE on June 21, 2012
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Short stories can be so uniquely satisfying. This anthology comes from a diverse set of authors, with very different styles, and is geared for different audiences. Told from a variety of perspectives, adult, child, and dog; there is something for everyone and anyone who appreciates man's best friend.

The first story, "Dognapper" by Wendy Orr is a simple story that is fun to read, and will satisfy the younger elementary school age reader. It doesn't take itself too seriously, and the looseness of the plot works for that age. The second story by Pam Munoz, "Because of Shoe" steps up the complexity of the short story, and delves into the interesting 6th sense dogs have. Each story offers a compact meaningful tale, ending with the accomplished author, Jon J. Muth, who has an uncanny ability to channel the thoughts, ideas, and cadence of how we image our canine friends to think. Muth captures the depth and sensitivity dogs have and their ability perhaps to understand us far better then we do ourselves.

Simply an enjoyable book for all ages, and a treat to read aloud and share.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Between the Lines VINE VOICE on June 20, 2012
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When I saw this book, I knew I had to have it. My daughter struggles in school and getting her to read is difficult. You have to have the right subject matter to inspire her. This book did the trick. She loves dogs and the fact that this was a collection of shorter stories made this very enjoyable for her. She has trouble retaining some of the information she reads so it wasn't as hard for her to remember details at the beginning of a story when she was near the end. I'm very happy I brought this book home. Now to only find more like it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on June 19, 2012
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I selected this book because I hoped that my daughter would love it. She did! While I was pretty certain that would be the case, as she loves books on all things canine and equine, you never know how these things are going to turn out. My daughter is nine, and this book is definitely written to appeal to that specific market. I wouldn't necessarily devour the book myself; though since I do screen all books for my kids first, I must say that it was pretty good, even for a 42-year old male reader (typically of history and biography). The stories (there are multiple) are cute and fun. They definitely highlight why we love our canine friends so much, even when they often get into mischief. Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By book junkie VINE VOICE on May 18, 2012
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My 8 year old grabbed this book and read the whole thing in 4 days. My criteria for a good kids book is anything my kids will read, so on that front, it succeeded wildly. As a 40 year old, I wasn't quite as impressed, but it probably wasn't written to appeal to me.

I have to say that this book isn't what I was expecting- I ordered it expecting it to be like the horse story and dog story books of my childhood. Those books were realistic stories about heartwarming relationships between children and animals. Some of these stories in this collection were told from the point of view of the dogs and had adventurous story lines- kidnapping, rescues, etc. One was about a boy turning into a dog! The stories were of varied lengths- from 20 to 40 pages.

My only real criticism is that the stories seem to be intended for different aged children. For example, the first story "Dognapper" has a "zany" storyline and would probably appeal to a much younger reader (3rd grade maybe) than "Things People Can't See" which deals with prejudice and a difficult family situation (7th or 8th grade?). All in all, this is a good and interesting collection of stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Easy Rider VINE VOICE on May 17, 2012
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This book was a present for my niece, 10 years old. The stories about the courageous dogs were simple to read, touching in their detail, and they instill in the children a sense of respect and love for the dogs. The drawings included in the book were a nice touch to flesh out the stories.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By delicateflower152 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 19, 2012
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"Because of Shoe and Other Dog Stories" is a nicely done anthology for young readers. Ann M. Martin has collected stories which cover a wide variety of topics; all of which feature a dog as a primary influence on the story. The stories are engaging; some are funny; and some have a message relevant and appropriate to young readers' lives.

Ranging from 24 pages to 31 pages, the stories are long enough to challenge young readers, but not too long to be read aloud at bedtime. Matt de la Pena's "Things People Can't See" and Jon J. Muth's "Brancusi & Me" are two selections which may appeal more to readers in the upper age range of the target group. "Science Fair" by Mark Teague is an imaginative, magical story which incorporates just enough impossibility to make it quite humorous.

"Because of Shoe ..." is a welcomed addition in the current offering of books aimed at younger readers. While not great literature, it does contain well-written, engaging stories that appeal to a wide range of ages and to both boys and girls.
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these short stories all have humor, moral content, and situations that are close to life yet entertaining. I recommend this for bed time stories, children's ages 8-12 or around that.
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This is a bunch of short stories written by different writers, so each as a different writing style. Some are good, some not so great and a few are really good. The stories and the writing is geared toward younger readers, and they may enjoy the stories more because they pay less attention to the writing. If you love animals, you'll enjoy reading this book and I'd recommending it for 8 to 12 year olds.
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