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Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs: How They Guard Sheep Hardcover – April 1, 2005

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K-Gr-3-In this attractive bilingual book, Urbigkit takes readers into the world of sheep and the dogs that so valiantly protect them. Surprisingly, they are not specially trained, but are raised among the sheep as one of their own. At birth, the puppiesÖ beds are made with fleece so they get used to the smell of sheep. A few weeks later they go out to meet their flock, and in a process called socialization they become protective of the animals they must defend. With her appealing photography and easy, though somewhat abrupt, narrative, this book is a solid source for readers and report writers. The Spanish translation is good, although there are a few words missing that would make sentences more cohesive, such as £tales como su gran….¥ Also, the use of £mansos¥ (literal translation of gentle) coupled with £valientes,¥ instead of £guardians,¥ is a better description of these animals: courageous, yet affectionate and obedient.–Narda McCarthy, Para los NiñosÖ Consultant, Weston, FL
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K-Gr. 2. Through a relaxed narrative and pictures taken in a dramatic Wyoming setting, Urbigkit's photo-essay introduces children to guardian dogs--a category of working dog that is less well known than Seeing Eye dogs and herders. As Urbigkit explains, ranchers accustom future guardians to spending time around sheep by lining the puppies' beds with fleece; the rest, from warning away coyotes to playing babysitter at lambing time, is second nature. The book's 10-by-11-inch dimensions accommodate generously sized photos, allowing children to easily distinguish the white dogs from the sheep they closely resemble. Photos of the various guardian-dog species described would have made the author's note, which also explains the history of guardian dogs in the U.S., even better. But kids will still 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. Jennifer Mattson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1060L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press; 1st edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590783174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590783177
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cat Urbigkit is an award-winning writer and photographer based on a western Wyoming sheep ranch where she receives much inspiration for her work.

She has written and photographed seven non-fiction books for children, as well as three nonfiction titles for adults. A firm believer in the power of the written word, Cat writes for several media outlets and blogs, and honed her writing skills as a newspaper reporter for more than a decade. Cat is also the co-owner and publisher of The Shepherd, a national monthly sheep industry magazine.

Cat is the author of a Wolf Watch news blog, and is a contributing writer to Stephen Bodio's Querencia nature blog. Her photographs of ranch life and wildlife have appeared in numerous books and magazines, and her daily Facebook posts are popular.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Relyea on February 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I don't normally write reviews, but when I saw that this book had not been reviewed yet I had to stop and write one. My [...]son took this book home from his library at school and we have really enjoyed reading it together. The photos are beautiful and touching and it is teaching us both how these animals relate to each other. Who would have thought that little puppies would join their parents and learn how to guard sheep at such a young age?! Who would have thought that puppies and lambs could play together? And that the sheep actually look after the puppies and that the adult dogs actually help "babysit" when a sheep has too many young to handle? The pictures tell the story even if you can't read the words yet. I saw my son "reading" the book again on his own today and then we read it again tonight. He has asked a lot of questions about the photos. My son loves this book and so do I which is why we have decided to purchase one to keep. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blanca on January 2, 2011
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We adopted a 2-year-old Pyrenees 3 years ago and named her Blanca. She is a very gentle, sometimes timid and often friendly sweetheart of a dog. Another school librarian in my district shared "Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs" at one of our monthly meetings and I had to purchase it. I love the book. It explains a lot about our own dog. We live in a townhouse without a fenced yard but Blanca loves to be tethered outside watching her flock which is our neighborhood. This book very lovingly shares how these beautiful dogs have been raised to be working dogs. On-line and sharing stories with other Pyrenees owners I have read and heard stories of how vicious these dogs can be when there is a threat. Urbigkit (author) doesn't deny the protective side of this breed but handles it is a way that is appropriate for young children. In fact, I have read this book aloud to groups of children with Blanca at my side and the book did not deter any of the warm feelings the children had toward Blanca.

I believe that it is important for people (young and old) to understand the purposes of breeding certain traits into animals. Reading Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs helped me understand my Pyrenees just a little bit more. And children need to understand that many animals have jobs that they take very seriously.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Bacheller on January 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Urbigkit has many fabulous books, this was the first one I collected. The photography is up close and personal, bringing her experiences, her family and her herd right to your hands. I didn't purchase just one book, I bought one for me, one for my grandson, one for my parents. My mother, in her late 70's, said it reminded her of experiences she had as a child that she had totally forgotten. I get misty eyed recalling her stories. These books, the whole series, are treasures to be shared again and again. I will keep a full set to share with my grandchildren, and I will give them as gifts, baby shower gifts, any time gifts. Her skill and talent are well-shared in her books. Get one for yourself! Check it out at your local library! However you get your hands on the books, do it! Our dog, Max, is an Akbash. He guards our cow herd. Thanks CAT!!
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Car Urbigkit did a marvelous job in reviewing the relationship between Guard sheep dogs and the lambs and ewes of the flock. The pictures were exceptional.
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By Cheyanne Gentry on April 13, 2014
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My students love these books! The photography is fabulous and I will continue to add books by this author to my personal and classroom collection.
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