A Dog in the Cave: The Wolves Who Made Us Human Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-03-12 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" I received a copy of this book from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. " said.

"I've mostly enjoyed this middle - high school level non-fiction book. I didn't realize that dogs as a subject of biologicial study had been over looked for so long. Only in the 21st century have scientists started to question assumptions about when and how dogs came to be.

But in chapter 1, I was troubled by a throw-away statement about Native Americans. I'm glad that the history of dogs includes native Americans from North and South America. But on page 21 the author says "as native peoples and cultures were largely obviated, so were their dogs." and "most of the indigenous dogs who survived the onslaught gradually disappears, their genetic heritage was lost to inbreeding with European dogs." That turn of phrase seems harsh. Native people have not been obliviated; overlooked and marginalized - yes. Maybe blanket statements like that could be toned down for the final edition?
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" You don't have to be a kid to love this book! See my Amazon review: " said.

"A Dog in the Cave by Kay Frydenborg is such a wonderfully written book that I had to read and absorb it slowly like a soothing cup of hot chocolate on a cold day. It is deep and thought provoking, it discuss man and wolves as they co-evolve together like no other animals on Earth. It reads not like a research or science book but like a mystery that lovingly describes the colorful characters along the thousands of years it takes and the multiple changes they take together. It discusses how things changed, what happened then, and why. It is a wonderful science book that is so "readable" and touching I forgot it was a "science" book. The book opens explaining how they find footprints of a child about 10 years old in a cave with a pre-dog/still wolf type creature prints with the child in the cave, obvious his friend and companion. Those and others are dated as far back as 36,000 yrs ago! Wow. This book amazed me and touched me with the science, research of man and wolf. A must read for animal lovers but esp. dog lovers! Thank you NetGalley for suggesting this book!" said.

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