Colleen Stanley Bare Sammy, dog detective

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Sammy, dog detective

 
9780439159821: Sammy, dog detective

Sammy is like most family dogs, friendly and lovable. But he is also different, because he is a dog detective. Sammy is part of a K-9 team and works with his partner, police officer Andy. He is also Andy's pet. Being a police dog, Sammy has many duties. He searches buildings and cars, hunts for criminals, finds missing persons, and helps with crowd control. He spends many hours in training and has won numerous awards. Let's join Sammy and learn how he became a dog detective and about his life at work and also at home with his human family.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3?A look at the police dog who's ranked "Number One" in the Western States Police Canine Association. Bare describes Sammy's training; his typical duties; his relationship with his officer, Andy; and even his "off-duty" life at home as Andy's family pet. Full-color photos show the canine dressed up for Halloween, playing with Andy's son in a swimming pool, and bringing in a "sometimes slobbery" morning newspaper. The approach is mostly straightforward, although the author does include bits of silly humor that many kids will love. ("How did Sammy learn to be a police dog? He couldn't read about it in a book, or on a computer," and the photo shows him wearing glasses looking at a book or studiously examining a computer screen.) The appealing subject matter, the many clear and colorful photos, and the succinct text make this a title that many children will enjoy. The sometimes arch humor gives the presentation a gee-whiz tone that is successful in conveying respect and admiration for this remarkable animal. In the age of the slick, this simple, straightforward, and thoroughly childlike approach is a breath of fresh air.?Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews:

From Bare (Toby the Tabby Kitten, 1995, etc.), an informative look at the life of a police dog that effectively dispels the myth that such dogs must be vicious and aggressive. Sammy the dog leads two lives: beloved family pet and working dog. He and his owner, police officer Andy Schlenker, comprise a K-9 team, attending training school together, where, in addition to learning ordinary commands, Sammy, responding to hand signals as well as verbal commands, had lessons in agility, search, and attack. He's only had to bite twice--just his bark scares most criminals into surrender. Both the text and full- color photographs are uneven. Bare regularly lapses into the passive voice and other awkward phrasing; while some pictures--of Sammy in action, going through agility trials, or visiting school children--are compelling, posed shots of him wearing glasses or looking at the computer are not. The subject of the book is so inherently interesting that most children will be able to get past such quibbles. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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