Gr. 2^-3. It's too bad the illustrations aren't livelier, because the story about the first Seeing Eye dog in America is quite upbeat and contains some interesting anecdotes. Moore's telling is a little stiff at first, but the circumstances, relayed in a straightforward manner softened with some conversation, win out: Moore follows the dog from training in Switzerland to home in America with Morris Frank, who was instrumental in starting the Seeing Eye in America in the 1930s. The typeface is slightly enlarged, and there's additional leading to make the reading easier. Not every page has an illustration, but there are plenty of pictures to break up the text. Stephanie Zvirin
About the Author
Eva Moore has been writing and editing children's books for more than forty years. She is the beloved author of many popular books, and lives in Montauk, New York.
A graduate of New York City's prestigious Cooper Union Art School, accomplished artist and calligrapher Don Bolognese went on to teach art there and at New York University, Pratt Institute, as well as at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's medieval museum, the Cloisters. He has illustrated more than 90 books for children, many of which he wrote himself; on many others, he has collaborated with his wife, the author and illustrator Elaine Raphael.
One way in which Bolognese has been able to connect teaching and illustration is through his many how-to” books for children, which range from relatively simple exercises in drawing skills to more complex lessons in art techniques. Bolognese himself has illustrated a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction works, and his attention to detail and vivid presentation have earned him critical acclaim and numerous awards. A native of New York City, Bolognese now lives in New York and Vermont.