From School Library Journal
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 MattsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved