Monday, December 19, 2022

Today's read... Atlas of Dogs by Lonely Planet

Today's stocking stuffer suggestion hits the nonfiction realm for beginning readers and middle graders. I know SO many girls, who would cuddle up with a book like this...Oh! And a suggestion to Lonely Planet: Do one on cats!!! (I'm not a cat fan (igitts!), but many, many girls are). Anyway... my own daughter is a huge animal fan and is focusing her high school classes to get as much science and whatnot in. So, when I was offered to take a peek at this book, it was a no-brainer. Especially since my daughter would have her two-cents to toss in as well.

Ready to see if your young animal fan will giggle for glee to find this one under the tree (and yep, that rhymes)?

by Lonely Planet Kids
Children's Nonfiction
80 pages
ages 6 to 8

Satisfy your canine curiosity with this who’s who of dogs. This fully illustrated guide will take you on a woof-tastic journey around the world to meet over 150 weird and wonderful dog breeds - from the dapper Boston Terrier to the chirpy German Dachshund, the lively Portuguese Podengo and the tiny but tough Australian Terrier.

Written by Frances Evans and featuring incredibly cute illustrations by Kelsey Heaton, this gorgeous hardcover atlas features large maps of each continent that show where each dog breed (both common and rare) is from. Follow-on pooch profiles then give the low-down on each one - their history, their physical characteristics and their personality traits. 

Region-by-region, we explore:
North America
South America
Europe (North and West) 
Europe (South and East)
Australia and New Zealand

Additional special features include:
Atlas of a Dog’s Body and their Super Senses
Doggie Dictionary
Little Dogs and Gentle Giants
Terrific Terriers
Dogs with Jobs
Heroic Hounds
Cute Crossbreeds and Marvellous Mixes
Doggie Sports
And many more!
It’s going to be pawsome!



A world's wealth of information about dogs hits in an easy to digest way, while letting the wide diversity of dogs shine.

Divided into continents, this book introduces the various types of dogs coming from around the world. Each chapter starts with a very basic map of the continent and a list of dogs, which will be presented (the list does not demonstrate the order in which they are presented, though). Then, each dog receives (usually) a quarter page devoted to it. A brief paragraph or two describes the attributes, habits, special traits, and general dispositions of the dogs. There's a quick-glance rubric, which lists the country of origin, size, coat and personality. Each dog is illustrated in an easy-to-recognize manner as well.

This is a wealth of information on dogs for children. Not only are the dogs each explored, but there are also bit describing the dog anatomy, behaviors, and more. It holds many known and lesser known breeds as well as a couple of mixes. The text is direct but written in an enjoyable manner, and easy for the age level to understand. Each breed is put in a very positive light, making this one which celebrates dogs of all types and kinds (and many are more than adorable).

The illustrations are simple, bright and do their job. My daughter was disappointed that photos aren't included, since true dog lovers do enjoy seeing the dogs...not just illustrations of them. But this does get the job done, too, and makes each one recognizable

Dog fans will have tons of information at their fingertips and get to know the world of dogs well.

About Lonely Planet Kids: Lonely Planet Kids - an imprint of the world's leading travel authority Lonely Planet - published its first book in 2011. Over the past 45 years, Lonely Planet has grown a dedicated global community of travelers, many of whom are now sharing a passion for exploration with their children. Lonely Planet Kids educates and encourages young readers at home and in school to learn about the world with engaging books on culture, sociology, geography, nature, history, space and more. We want to inspire the next generation of global citizens and help kids and their parents to approach life in a way that makes every day an adventure. Come explore!

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