September 28, 2020

Book Review: Doggy Defenders

Willow the Therapy Dog Book Cover Willow the Therapy Dog
National Geographic Kids
Juvenile Nonfiction
National Geographic Children's Books

Calling Paw Patrol fans and all dog lovers! Follow the real-life adventures of dogs with jobs as they help their communities and save the day.

In this endearing read-aloud picture book, readers meet helping hound Willow, and follow her as she spends an exciting day at work. Gorgeous photography brings to life the true stories of sweet Willow’s role as a therapy dog in Washington, D.C. Simple, lyrical text lets readers journey along as Willow visits patients at a hospital, helps children read at a library pajama party, and brings smiles to people who need them. Young readers will fall for this witty and daring tale of heroism, along with aww-worthy photographs. Good dog, Willow!

I recently received in the mail four children’s books, featuring dogs. They are part of a series of National Geographic Kids books and all are written by Lisa M. Gerry, with photos by Lori Epstein. All retail for $9.99 each. Each book deals with the job the dog does and each ends with questions for the dog’s handler. There’s also a page of tips relating to the subject. “Dolley the Fire Dog” describes the work a yellow Labrador Retriever does to detect what caused a fire. Her tips are about fire safety. “Willow the Therapy Dog” follows a Greyhound as she visit people in hospitals, nursing homes and schools. Her tips are on how to be a good neighbor and friend. “Stella the Search Dog” teaches children about Bloodhounds and their ability to find people who are lost. Her tips are about keeping safe if you get lost. “Tiger the Police Dog” is about a Belgian Malinois who works in Washington, D.C., sniffing out drugs and explosives. His tips are also about safety and calling 9-1-1.

I really enjoyed all four of these books. The photographs are just wonderful and the information is excellent, yet written in easy-to-understand language for children. I was especially happy to see that the police dog was not a German Shepherd Dog, as many law enforcement agencies now use Malinois, but the breed is not as well known to the public. If you have a dog-loving child, these books are perfect gifts.



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