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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: AWARDS: Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2006-2007
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (January 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375830499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375830495
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,171,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 3–In this beautifully designed book, free-verse poems that present the inner musings of 16 dogs are combined with painterly, full-page portraits. The verses capture distinct canine personalities, such as a haughty Pekingese ("MEMO/To: My Person.../I feel terrible about chewing on your custom-made leather shoes. Though,/they were on the floor"); a loyal collie ("Through the dark night,/you need not be scared./For you, only you,/I will always be there"); and a brawny bulldog ("But you know, don't you? That/beneath this tough exterior there thumps a gentle heart"). Pencil sketches of the canines are scattered around the text. On the facing pages, Zakanitch's stunning oil paintings of the pets are set against shiny black backgrounds, with breed names hand lettered in white chalk. Animal lovers will delight in this captivating dog show.–Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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In this heart-stealing picture book, fine artist Robert Rahway Zakanitch gives us 16 masterful, soulful, impossibly expressive portraits of dogs, and Maya Gottfried wonderfully captures their voices and inner personalities in 16 enchanting poems. It's a doggie delight!

These dogs beg to be patted, tickled, scratched, and ruffled. Which one will be your best friend?

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Josephine on January 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is written for a 4-8 year old age level, but I loved it so much that I bought one for myself- I put it out on my coffee table! The poems are very smart and fun, and they are individualized to perfectly fit the extraordinary drawings of various dog breeds. I love it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doggie Lover on October 9, 2005
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I bought this book for my brother for his birthday specifically because he has West Highland Terriers like the dog on the cover. He also appreciates good artwork. When I got the book I showed it to my parents, who are also dog lovers, and we all giggled out loud at the wonderfully hilarious poems and the sweet, funny illustrations. The pictures are suitable for framing. The book is marvelous and it put a big smile on our faces, just like the smile on the dog on the last page! Oh yeah, my brother loved the book too, and couldn't wait to read the poems to his Westies.

Reviewed by a dog (and cat) lover from San Diego.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan B. Barry on May 9, 2005
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Absolutely as charming and original in text--which is perfectly matched in illustration-- as any children's book I have seen in too long. Gottfried's text soars in imaginative flight to capture canine essences, and should elicit the same enthusiasm from any child and adult. I was truly impressed.
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Each page, a different dog, with a poem that describes what it is to be in the company of a dog...wonderful painted sketches of a whole variety of breeds each with elucidated characteristics, as in the jumping of the Jack Russell Terrier for example. Between author Maya Gottfried's lovely poetry and the stunning paintings by Robert Rahway Zakanitch, they have completely encapsulated the essence of dogs.

Sybil Blazej-Yee
Librarian & Dog Walker
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More About the Author

Maya Gottfried's books for children Good Dog (Knopf), and Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary (Knopf) both lovingly celebrate the individual personalities and unique spirits of animals through poetry.

In addition to her children's books, she has written various essays, blogs, and articles that have appeared in outlets ranging from The Huffington Post to Lilith magazine. Her essay "Untitled," published in the anthology Half / Life: Jewish Tales from Interfaith Homes, was consistently picked as a favorite of the collection by reviewers.

One of Gottfried's books received the honor of a Parents' Choice 2003 Recommended Award and she received the Pennsylvania School Librarians Young Reader's Choice Award for Good Dog. Additionally, Good Dog was honored as a Texas Blue Bonnet Award nominee. Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary was selected as the official children's companion to Jonathan Safran Foer's New York Times bestseller Eating Animals for Fairfield, CT's month-long "One Book, One Town" program. Our Farm also received a great deal of media attention, including coverage in Kirkus, New York Daily News, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and, Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Maya lives in Beacon, NY with her partner, Dietrich and two cats, Lucian and Bunny. She recently moved back to the Hudson Valley area after falling in love with it two decades before as a student at Bard College.