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published: March 2006
ISBN:9780887767258
publisher: Tundra

If I Had a Dog

by Carolyn Jackson, illustrated by France Brassard

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list price: $22.99
edition:Hardcover
published: March 2006
ISBN:9780887767258
publisher: Tundra
Description

Six-year-old Maxine is dog crazy. She draws dogs, she has dogs on her T-shirts, she even drags home neighbors’ dogs in the hopes that her parents will let them stay. On a walk to the park with her big brother, Hugh, Maxine stops every time she sees a dog, hoping for a kiss or a tail-wag from the four-footed friends she adores. Hugh and some of the pet owners she meets along the way teach Maxine how to know when it is safe to approach, how to greet, and what to do to ensure a happy experience for both child and canine.

Whether they’re small or big dogs, working or guard dogs, old or young dogs, even aggressive dogs, Maxine learns how best to deal with each situation. And though she aches to have them all, she is about to find out that the best dog is her own dog — the squiggly surprise her parents have waiting for her.

Written so that young children can learn to “read” dog language, the veterinarian-approved information is presented in a charming storyline that is sure to appeal to young children.

About the Authors
Carolyn Jackson is a Fitzhenry and Whiteside author.
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Carolyn Jackson is a Fitzhenry and Whiteside author.
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Contributor Notes

Carolyn Jackson has been a journalist and book editor for longer than she cares to admit. She has a Journalism degree from Ryerson University and was an editor and travel writer for newspapers before becoming editor of Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. Following fifteen years in Montreal as the editorial director of a publishing company, she is back in her hometown of Toronto where she divides her time between writing and editing and grandparenting. Her other books for children include The Flying Ark, Animals! A Big Information Book, and The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids.

France Brassard was born in Quebec. At a very young age, she received, in a Christmas stocking, a tiny picture book. She was enchanted and thought that it was the most wonderful gift. The magical world of illustration has fascinated her ever since. After pursuing studies in both Interior and Graphic Design, she decided to become a professional illustrator. With more than fifteen years of experience in her chosen field, France has now illustrated numerous children's books. She lives in a little city in the province of Quebec with her adorable five-year-old son, Luke.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 6
Grade:
p to 1
Editorial Review

"Carolyn Jackson successfully uses her skills as a journalist and nonfiction writer to teach children how to act and react safely with dogs…The gently coloured watercolour illustrations by France Brassard bring a joyful note of authenticity to the story."
CM Magazine

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If I Had a Dog

If I Had a Dog offers children aged four to seven more than the tale of a little girl who wants a dog. Carolyn Jackson’s book helps children learn how to behave around dogs they meet in everyday situations – important information for kids to have! The author, a veteran editor, writes about how children should ask owners permission to pet dogs. Readers learn to treat old dogs gently and that they should respect dogs while their attention is absorbed by a bone. They also find out how to act if they are unsure about the behaviour of an off-leash dog.

The facts are conveyed through the story of six-year-old Maxine, a girl who yearns for her own pup. In a heightened state of doggy admiration, Maxine encounters canines everywhere. Pet owners and her older brother advise Maxine (and by extension, the reader) about the best way to carry on humancanine interaction. Every time Maxine meets a new four-legged wonder, she dreams of how great life would be if she had a dog.

Of course, the best human-canine connection is puppy love! The story ends happily, as on the last page Maxine’s family welcomes a new pet into their lives. Not every child will have or even want a dog, but every child will meet one. This book will give children more knowledge and prepare them about what to do in different situations. Children, who like Maxine, are dog fans will love the art work of France Brassard. Surely a secret dogaphile herself, Brassard cunningly sneaks hound heads onto umbrella handles and buries bones in the wallpaper design.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2006. Vol.29 No. 2.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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If I Had a Dog

Maxine imagines life if she had a dog, while her big brother offers information on befriending dogs. Little do they know that they are on their way home to the best surprise ever.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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