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Dog Trots Globe - To Paris & Provence (A Sheltie Goes to France) Hardcover – 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: OIC Books (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936951002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936951000
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,297,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Sheron Long has created one of the most entertaining AND educational travel books about France available on the market. And she has accomplished this in the most warmly and friendly way. The book is actually 'written' by Chula, the 9-year-old Sheltie, as she accompanies Sheron and her husband Robert on a trip from the Carmel Valley in California via air to France. All of the little niceties are included from Chula's viewpoint - the flight in a cage, arrival in an airport without grass 'facilities' and the journey to Provence. Once in Provence the reader is introduced to the glories of French cuisine, ambience, markets, extraordinary lavender fields and sunflowers a la Van Gogh by means of photographs - richly colorful images on literally every page - all through the eyes of our guide Chula.

There is of course a side trip to Paris and we view the magic of that City of Light through Chula's eager eyes (as well as the photographers who offer more inside information about the city that we expect). There are helpful footnotes by the author that explain customs, sites, history, and types of cheeses etc that make the book very valuable as a resource. The book ends with a final view of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence before heading back to California. In the course of this brief book we learn more about the joie de vivre of the French than many other books offer - and perhaps that is because the book is so gloriously unpretentious. Sheron Long does add an afterword about traveling with animals that is most helpful to those readers who want to mimic the experience of Chula and the Longs. This is a delightful romp of a book - a great little bread and butter gift to leave when visiting friends! Grady Harp, April 12
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Format: Kindle Edition
I just finished Dog Trots Globe - To Paris & Provence, and it left a big smile on my face - I'd wag if I had a tail to wag with! I'm so glad Sheron's 9 year-old Sheltie, Chula, was willing to give us readers a 'dog's-eye-view' of her travels. This part-travelogue, part-canine memoir took a refreshing approach, showcased an endearing narrator, and used beautiful photographs to liven the tale. The book's enhanced version gave added delightful and surprising sound bytes and videos to enrich the reading experience.

Chula's journey began at Carmel Valley in California where she prepared for the longest stretch of her travel - a plane ride to France. Most of Chula's visit was spent in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, but there were interesting adventures in Sault, Roussillon, and Paris. Chula regaled me with tales of 'boulangeries' (bakeries) to sniff, Market Days to enjoy, fields of sunflowers and lavender to explore. She gave me tips on how sensitive noses visit a 'fromagerie' (cheese shop), on how to locate the next 'grass facility' during long plane and bullet train rides, and how to make sense of the many signs and rules for four-legged creatures in bustling Paris. And when Chula's tale was done and she was back enjoying her creature comforts in California, Sheron Long was kind enough in the Afterword to supply me with tips and important considerations when taking one's pet to France.

I was immediately won over when I saw the first shot of Chula - she was aptly named, with "Chula" meaning "pretty" in Spanish. An adventure with this adorable star was certain to bring a smile and a chuckle my way!
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Format: Hardcover
Dog Trots Globe is a cute book about a well- traveled sheltie that gets to board a plane and head for a France- a country where dogs enjoy a little higher quality of life than they do in the USA. The book is written from the perspective of a dog with author Sheron Long writing words as if she is stating what is going through her dog's mind each step of the way.

Books about pets and travel are not extremely rare, but this book is unique in a few important ways. First, the fact that the book was written from the perspective of the dog is not something you find in most books about pets and travel. Usually, books about vacation travel and pets are written with family members talking about the trip and making mention of their pet and how he/she took to the experience. This book is written instead from the perspective of the dog herself. Chula, the female sheltie, talks to you, the reader, sharing her thoughts on France and her many adventures. She talks about her favorite places and why she loves them so much. She talks about the greater level of respect that the French show toward canines by allowing them into restaurants and other public spaces. She expresses her feelings on the landmarks and what they mean from a dog's point of view. She lets her thoughts be known, in a way that only a dog can, or shall I say in the way we humans think a dog can.

Another important difference between this book and others in its genre is the illustrations. Rather than write the book as a travel diary with a few illustrations, the author wrote it the other way around- as a photographic journal with a short amount of dialogue. There are a few illustrations that are shown as drawings, but the majority of the illustrations are actual photographs taken at different stages along the trip.
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