Dogs and Cats Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-12 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 7 user ratings

"Literary Awards: N/A
Book Level: 5.6
Interest Level: LG

Brief Summary:
Lovers of cats and dogs will enjoy discovering more about two of humanities best companions. In this nonfiction text, crafted with realistic illustrations and tons of great information, readers will love flipping the book over to learn about cats on one side and then flipping the book over again to learn about dogs on the other. Jenkins creatively designs Dogs and Cats to appeal to middle grades, using kid-friendly language to explore dogs’ and cats’ origins and how their bodies work.

Content Connections:
Science: Use this as a supplementary text while exploring information regarding cats and dogs.
English: Compare/Contrast dogs and cats on a Venn Diagram.
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"The remarkable thing about this book is that he does so many things with the paper to give the cats and dogs realistic features. I enjoyed that. It appears Jenkins does his own design with maybe staff designers behind him.

The 'turn the book over' thing is just a gimmick and I'm not sure it actually helps the book any. Kind of interesting and made me pay attention to the bookness of the thing.

So I read this book at the same time I had the DK Eyewitness Cat book out on my Kobo ereader. Jenkins' book said cats have no collarbone, and the DK book said clearly that they DO have a collarbone. I went to the internet and found they were both wrong. What cats do have is unattached clavicles that enable the cat to collapse the collarbone structure to pass through narrow spaces. Come on guys, do the research! I found this more detailed information on wikipedia and in three other places. Because the dog and cat sub-genre is so thoroughly overdone, I guess people don't even consider doing careful research or going to the science. Any veterinary book on cats would have had this information.
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"About dogs:

1. The St Bernard is, on average, the heaviest breed. It weighs as much as 200 lbs.
2. The smallest breed, on average, is Chihuahua, standing at only 18 cms tall. It also lives longer than any other breed - 18 years or longer.
3. Chocolate is poisonous to dogs. A single chocolate bar can kill a small dog.
4. Dogs dream.
5. First dog year = 15 human years. Second dog year = 9 human years. Each dog year after that = 4 human years.

* Finding out how quickly a dog can learn frome experience is one way of measuring its intelligence. For example, a dog might get reward by fetching a ball whenever a bell rings. How many times must this sequence be repeated before the dog understands what to do? Based on tests like this, some of the smartest dogs are Border Collie, Poodle, German Shepherd, and Golden retriever. Most experts agree that the dumbest dog is the Afghan hound.

About cats:

1. When a cat rubs against a person's legs, it's not just being friendly. It is using a special scent gland on its head to leave a message for other cats that says, "This person belongs to me".
2. Cats spend 16 hours a day sleeping, and about one third of their waking time grooming themselves by licking their fur with their tongue.
3. Cats don't have a collarbone, so they can fit their bodies through a very small opening...anything bigger than their head.
4. Cats cannot see colour or distant details as well as humans, but their eyes are very sensitive to movement. Cats have more sensitive hearing than dogs. Cats also have an excellent sense of smell, though it is not quite as good as that of a dog.
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" Genre: Informational Non-fictionGrades: 2-6Perfect for students who love cats and dogs. Half of the book is dogs and the other half is all about cats. This book has great illustrations of each bread of dogs and cats. This would be a great tool for children to learn information about these animals for personal enjoyment or an animal report. " said.

"If you want to learn basic and important information about dogs and cats, with some comparisons, too, this is the book. It's Dogs and Cats, or Cats and Dogs, depending on which side of the book one is looking at. It's a book that explains about each, but you flip the book in the middle to read the "other" side.
When studying evolution one time, I gave my students the assignment to research the history of one dog, its origins and how it came to be the breed we know today. It was fascinating to learn what really was the "backstory" of these specific dogs. In this book, Jenkins writes some of the parts of how dogs descended from wolves, through circumstance of geography and later, human need. Each page answers some questions, like how one can tell "who's the boss?" through physical actions. Also, on each page, there is always a tiny silhouette of the "other", in this case, the cat, and telling that many of the cat's messages mean "leave me alone". There are other pages that are fun facts, special things about the dog (or cat), things that Jenkins wonders.
Of course, Jenkins' collages illustrate with both small and page-filling collages. It's a book to use for younger children to read and discuss together or for sparking an interest in older children to do further research.
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"This informational picture book is written for students in grades 2-6. Written by Steve Jenkins, an award-winning author, this book shares a lot of very interesting facts about both cats an dogs. The format of the book is very interesting. The front cover has a picture of the dog, while the back cover has an upside-down picture of a cat. As read starting from the dog side you learn all about dogs. Then when you reach the middle of the book you have to flip the book over and start at the beginning with the cat image now right side up. There are a number of places in the book that tells the reader to do this. Here is one interesting fact about cats: "Do cats always land on their feet? Please don't try this at home, but when a cat falls or is dropped upside down, it uses its balance and flexible spine to quickly turn right-side up and land on its feet. A cat can actually be hurt more seriously by falling just a short distance, because it may not have time to flip over..." Facts like that draw the reader in to learn even more. The picture look almost 3D because they are in a collage format." said.

"Delightful illustrations and a multitude of facts define Dogs and Cats. It’s actually two books in one: turn the book one way to read about dogs, and flip it upside down to read about cats. Children are always interested in animals, and our closest companions are especially popular subjects to learn and read about.

Issues covered include the history and domestication of dogs and cats, talents and attributes, lifecycle, and fun facts about individual animals.

I was quite pleased to see that Jenkins included some positive animal welfare-minded content in his book. He calls the surgical removal of claws “a bad thing to do to a cat” and promotes the joys of mutts:

Mixed-breed dogs are often smart, healthy, and even-tempered, and many dog owners prefer them.

Dog and cat overpopulation is not discussed, but one ramification of intensive breeding is:

When dog breeders try to create unusual looking dogs or exaggerate a breed’s features, they can create dogs with serious health problems.

The text goes on to cite the example of the English bulldog, many of whom are affected by breathing problems as a result of extreme breed traits.
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"Steve Jenkins provides a delightful book of facts about two of humanities very best friends. When you are finished reading all about dogs, you are able to turn the book over in a similar format written about cats. It's almost as if you are able to get two for the price of one in this informational text. These two species even meet in the middle for a big spread where they are sharing space in total peace. There is just a ton of knowledge compiled into this book, which is topped off with really neat collages worth the purchase of this text itself.

Whether or not you are a fan of dogs and cats, you will be in awe with the incredible illustrations by this acclaimed author. I have to admit that it was also quite an ingenious idea to combine these two lovable animals into one book for making comparisons. Overall, it is truly a fun read and serves its' purpose as an educational text as well. Librarians will definitely want to add this one to their shelves, even though they may need seperate copies for both the cat and dog sections.
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