Eco Dogs (Dog Heroes Series)
written by Judith Bauer Stamper
(Bearport Publishing) 2011
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
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Eco dogs - short for ecology dogs- team up with scientists to help protect habitats and save endangered animals.
Pete the beagle is a dog who works with wildlife scientist Lori Oberhofer in searching for giant Burmese pythons in the Everglades National Park. Since these snakes can grow to 20 feet, I'm grateful that Lori and Pete are doing this work and not me. These pythons are an invasive species that is causing havoc in the Everglades ecosystem by eating prey needed for food by the native predators. Pete started his work as an eco dog when he was a pup. He learned what pythons smelled like through practice and treats. Don't worry though, when Pete sniffs out a python he is carefully pulled away to avoid becoming dinner. In Eco Dogs, you will find other dogs from around the world who work to help save other animal species and habitats.
Last year I worked in a fifth grade class for several weeks. One of our tasks was learning how to write essays. In a nutshell, you need to know how to write main ideas and supporting details that will engage readers. Eco Dogs is exactly the kind of text I would use to model this type of writing. The content is interesting and author Judith Bauer Stamper's short essays have plenty of supporting details to show students what needs to be included. There are also several nonfiction text features to assist in comprehension and vocabulary lessons.