Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Big Dogs, Little Dogs: A Visual Guide to the World’s Dogs

Medway, Jim (Author/Illustrator)
Fletcher, Mark (Author)
Firefly Books 2016. 32 pages
First published: 2016
ISBN: 9781770858282 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 636.7
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Canine lovers are sure to perk up when they check out this visual guide. Different breeds are organized according to groups like “Hound Dogs” and “Toy Dogs,” where they appear illustrated with their names.

Against a white background, the dogs are presented in different positions, with some pointing, others sitting or lying down. Familiar breeds are instantly recognizable. Slightly cartoony faces manage to capture the range of funny looks dogs can make, from worried to eager. In the playful puppy section, readers follow dotted lines from the grown-up version of the dog to its adorable puppy self.

In the alphabetical list of dogs at the end there is a sentence or two of concise, lesser-known information about each breed, including historical facts, place of origin, related breeds and use to humans. The Clumber Spaniel: “Once popular with the British royal family, this is the largest of all Spaniel breeds.” Under “Pembroke Welsh Corgi,” readers learn, “Queen Elizabeth II of England was given a Pembroke Welsh Corgi called Susan on her 18th birthday. All the Queen’s Corgis are descended from this dog.”

An ode to humankind’s loyal friends, this collection makes a nice reference for research into favourite breeds.

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    Dogs can be put into categories such as big and little. Come up with some other ways of grouping dogs.

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    Think of something that interests you such as a sport, collection or something you see from afar. Examine the structures and features of this book, and use it as a mentor text to help you create your own book with many creative categories.

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    Research a breed of dog that interests you. Prepare a television commercial to convince people to opt for this breed over another.

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    Dogs can be put into categories such as big and little. Come up with some other ways of grouping dogs.

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    Explore the class or school library to find stories featuring dogs, and identify the different breeds that are portrayed. Use a graphic organizer to show your findings.

  •  Research a breed of dog that interests you. Prepare a television commercial about this dog to convince people to choose this dog over any other.
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities