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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 02
  • Paperback: 42 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439280266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439280263
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Kirkus Reviews

   A missing tennis ball leads to a lesson in American history for golden retriever Dubs in this children’s book by Morris, McGann and Liotta.
   When Dubs discovers that his prized tennis ball has rolled away, he sets off on a mission to find it. The journey takes him throughout Washington, D.C., from the Lincoln Memorial to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and to just about every point-of-interest in between. At each stop, before resuming the search for his tennis ball, Dubs reflects on the meaning or purpose of the site and how it personally affects him. While gazing up at the columns of the U.S. Supreme Court building, Dubs considers how “[i]f another dog took away my ball / the court would get it / back for me after all.” At the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Dubs thinks, “If people are equal, can it possibly be / That dogs are too,…especially me?” By having Dubs not just recite what each site is and its role in American history but also briefly explain how the buildings or the actions of the people being memorialized personally affect him, the authors make it easier for children to relate to the imposing federal buildings and monuments. The rhyming scheme, though at times a bit clunky (“Dubs stopped by to visit the White House / To see the president and his lovely spouse”) keep the tone light, as does the missing tennis ball. Young readers will have fun searching for the bright yellow ball—always just out of Dubs’ sight—in each of the illustrations. The illustrations, by Liotta, both capture the playful side of Dubs and, at times, the solemnity of the monuments he visits. Each drawn from a different angle, they invite readers in for a closer look. At the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, for example, Dubs hides beneath the folds of FDR’s cape, growling at Fala, the president’s Scottish terrier, who is also memorialized. At the World War II memorial, with his back to us, Dubs sits peacefully, surrounded by green memorial wreaths. The illustrations, coupled with the breadth of sites that Dubs visits, (15 in all), will keep readers interested while they learn about history and help Dubs find his tennis ball.
   A fun adventure that introduces young children to American history.

About the Author

Dick & Eileen have been married for thirty-four years. Together, they have written nine New York Times best sellers, including #1 Catastrophe, Off With Their Heads, Outrage, 2010:Take Back America, Rewriting History, Hillary v. Condi, Because He Could, and Revolt! Dick’s Behind the Oval Office was also an NYT bestseller. One of the most prominent American political consultants, Dick Morris is well known for his probing, insightful, hard-hitting and clear commentary on FoxNews. Dick and Eileen write daily columns on US politics for their website dickmorris.com and have been columnists for the New York Post and contributors to National Review and many other publications. Dick writes a weekly column for The Hill. Recently, Dick began daily video commentary and a Saturday history lesson on dickmorris.com. Morris first came to national attention by providing the strategy for Bill Clinton’s stunning comeback re-election victory in 1996, rescuing his presidency after he lost Congress in 1994. Called “the most influential private citizen in America” by Time Magazine, Morris steered Clinton back to the center and was key in the Administration initiatives that balanced the budget, cut taxes, and reformed welfare. Morris also handled winning campaigns for more than thirty Senators and Governors. Globally, he has piloted campaigns for president or prime minister of Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Kenya, Hungary, Poland, Taiwan, and Japan. Eileen is a lawyer and the CEO of dickmorris.com. Clayton Liotta is an illustrator, cartoonist, and film maker with quite a background. As a boy, a band of gypsies found him living under a squashed cabbage leaf. They whisked him away, and made him part of their roving caravan, where he learned the ancient art of broom making. He spent countless hours weaving straw into brooms and listening to stories told by tribal elders. Sitting around the campfire, Clayton was fascinated by the gypsies’ ancient tales. Soon, he found himself sketching in the dirt with leftover pieces of straw. Once they saw his interpretive drawings, the gypsies realized that they should preserve their unique stories on paper- along with Clayton’s sketches. An illustrator was born. Until now, Clayton’s work was known only in gypsy caravans. (And how many gypsy caravans do you see these days???) Clayton has since left the simple gypsy lifestyle for bright lights, big cities, cheeseburgers, fries, and cable TV.....Where he lives quietly!

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This book was an utter waste of money.
TD
I highly recommend this book for children ages 4-10 and I enjoyed it myself as an adult.
EaglesNestCorner
This is a Wonderful Book for Children to learn about our Great Country.
Cynthia G. Ellis

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ann on January 16, 2012
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Love the Book, The Grandchildren asked question about the monuments and the memorials. They also had great fun looking for the ball o each page. Two of the teenagers also enjoyed the Book too. I gave them out as Christmas present and made sure I had one extra at my house, so we can enjoy it when they come over for visit.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lissie2663 on December 5, 2011
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Recommended reading for ages 4-6 year olds. Good for demonstrating the very basics of government to the little ones. Very short read. I would like to see Dick take on a more detailed project for the 8-12 year old group.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tobercat on January 23, 2012
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I purchased this book for the local library. The story and illustrations are wonderful for the age group to which it is directed. Our librarian was thrilled with the book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By h on February 9, 2012
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My kid loved this book. Great illustrations. Highly Recommended. The people who voted 1 star were those that had a political agenda or mistakenly thought this book was for adults.
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115 of 163 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Ketler on November 2, 2011
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DUBS GOES TO WASHINGTON by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann, illustrated by Clayton J. Liotta, is listed as a children's book. However it is definitely NOT just for children! This is a charming, whimsical tale that will make ANY American fall in love with his country all over again.

In a time of bewildering changes in our newly electronic world the like of which threaten to fundamentally and totally forever change everything from politics to economics, it is easy to become discouraged about even our own magnificent country. From terrorists to Arab Springs to Greece and the E.U. we are bound together in a whirlwind of unpredictable change which is confounding even the most sagacious of our wise men. How INCREDIBLY refreshing then to read a book that that reaffirms our faith in the dream of our founding fathers.

There is a refreshing innocence about DUBS that sweeps away all the negative thoughts and cynical beliefs that may have taken root in our subconscious when we weren't looking. It is in that innocence that we may yet once more find the path to believing in our country and its glory.

Today, Americans are in love with dogs. The number of households with dogs is staggering. Perhaps it is because they remain innocent all their lives! DUBS takes us on a tour of Washington, D.C. and we visit all the important monuments from the Lincoln Memorial to the newly created Martin Luther King Memorial. Through HIS innocent eyes WE are reawakened to a new historical perspective of America and by the end cannot but be affected by the tour he takes.

The story seems simple on the surface. It is not! The story of America seems simple from pilgrims to power unlimited, but it is not! We leave DUBS with a sense of pride for what this country represents.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By EaglesNestCorner on January 15, 2012
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Dick, Eileen, and Clayton have provided a wonderfully written history of our nation's capital for children. Through the eyes of Dubs, their dog, the reader accompanies Dubs through Washington, D.C. as he travels from monument to landmark looking for his ball. At each stop, children are given a tidbit about each place that helps them, along with Dubs, learn about the 'greatness of America.' Clayton's illustrations are masterfully done and make the trip with Dubs come to life! I highly recommend this book for children ages 4-10 and I enjoyed it myself as an adult.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jls333 on January 3, 2012
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Very Fun Book for kids. Looks at Washington DC from appreciative viewpoint of sacrifice and honor that a child can understand and appreciate. Highly recommend as great read to and read along book with fun illustrations that a kid can enjoy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Hiner on December 26, 2011
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I have always enjoyed Dick Morris' insight on the world of politics. I wanted to get my niece a book to get her familiar with the different sites in Washington DC and this book did that just fine. I will tell you it doesn't go into great detail about each monument, it really just scratches the surface of each one. Overall it is good for a child 6 and under.
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