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This award-winning and beautifully illustrated story is told from the point of view of Jag, the real-life Canine Special Assistant to the Governor of Montana.
Written for children ages 6 to 12, First Dog is Jag's story of how a cow dog from a farm in Whitefish---the last pup in the litter---traveled to Helena and became the First Dog.
Featuring fun and fascinating information about what a governor does and how Montana government works, First Dog teaches kids that government belongs to them---and shows them that one day they, too, could be sitting at the governor's desk.
A portion of the proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Montana
AWARDS: GOLD AWARD, Best First Book, Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, 2008
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Jessica Solberg was born and raised in Montana and graduated from Montana State University. She works as a book editor. Dogs and government are two of her favorite things.
Robert Rath is a book designer and illustrator living in Bozeman. Although he has worked with Scholastic Books, Lucasfilm, and Montana State University, his favorite project is keeping up with his family.
Meet Jag, Montana’s first Dog—chicken chaser, kid-licker, and champion of democracy. In this literary debut by Governor Brian Schweitzer’s border collie, Jag tells his life story from a Whitefish farm litter to the marbled hallways of the state capitol. Along the way we get a lesson in civics: how state government works, what a governor does, what bills are, and how to dodge a boring meeting through the governor’s secret passageway. All this through the brown-and-blue eyes of a runt pup that learns and teaches the biggest lesson in democracy: that even the last pup of the litter can grow up to be First Dog. It’s geared to the 6- to 12-year-old set, Jag’s natural audience. He got some help from writer Jessica Solberg and illustrator Robert Rath, who presumably remained faithful to Jag’s original inspiration. You can’t ask more from a modest, picturesque memoir like this one. After I read it to my 4 ½-year old, I overheard her singing about mermaids and unicorns—that live in the governor’s office. Civics lesson complete. —Krys Holmes, Montana Magazine
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