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The King Who Barked: Real Animals Who Ruled Hardcover – September 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823419258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823419258
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 11.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,802,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3–5—The brief accounts in this whimsical collection of animal anecdotes introduce symbolic leaders such as goat mayors, dog-kings, and a rhinoceros who won a seat on the São Paulo city council in a write-in campaign. The stories, which are arranged by continent of origin, hail from legends and oral histories, though some are more recent and better documented. Yayo's acrylic-on-canvas paintings capture the topsy-turvy spirit of the tales and add playful details: a dog-king proudly leads a procession carrying a bone scepter; an elegant cat, appointed a lady-in-waiting in Imperial Japan, wears a kimono adorned with koi fish. Animal lovers will find this a fascinating diversion, even as it slyly plants ideas about government and leaders. For example, residents of a Colorado town observed that their cat mayor was "a politician who really listened, although she did not return phone calls." For a more comprehensive look at the history of humans and pets, see Sheila Keenan's enjoyable Animals in the House (Scholastic, 2007).—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA END

About the Author

Charlotte Foltz Jones is known for her informative nonfiction for children, including "Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be;" "Accidents May Happen;" "Fifty Inventions Discovered by Mistake;" and "Eat Your Words: A Fascinating Look at the Language of Food." She is also the author of "Yukon Gold: The Story of the Klondike Gold Rush," which School Library Journal called "a fascinating look at the Alaskan Gold Rush." While doing research for this book she traveled extensively throughout the western states to small museums, libraries, and parks. She lived in the American West, in Boulder, Colorado. Charlotte passed away in 2007.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Most of us love our pets, think very highly of them, and some of us pride ourselves on our dog or cat's intelligence. However, I'll wager few of us would think of standing them for public office.

That wasn't the case in Guffey, Colorado where in 1988 a fetching calico cat named Paisley was elected mayor. As we've learned "...cats spend eighty percent of their time sleeping. It's hard to imagine how a cat could squeeze holding a political office into such a busy schedule." Nonetheless, Paisley did and when she died another cat was elected to fill that important position.

The King Who Barked is full of such surprising true stories. In addition to Paisley we find the dog who ruled Ethiopia as king some 2,000 years ago, the white elephant who was a member of the Siamese Court in 1854, a goat named Clay Henry who held top office in Lajitas, Texas, and many more.

Yayo's full page brilliantly colored acrylic paintings bring these unique, smile provoking stories to life.

- Gail Cooke
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