What Dog Knows by Sylvia Vanden Heede, Illus. Marije Tolman
A unique book this being a combination of story and non-fiction, for beginning readers and reluctant readers. it would also be a good read-a-loud for primary students.
Essentially it is a dialogue between Dog and his cousin Wolf. Dog is a reader and has the knowledge. Wolf is scared of the cat but is cunning and realises the power of reading and books without actually being able to read himself.
In the course of the action between the two we learn about Mummies and skeletons, Robots Knights and Pirates, Dinosaurs and dragons and Rockets and the Moon. Each chapter has activities on what is discussed, some rhyming banter from wolf and questions with answers in the back of the book to ensure readers pay attention to the facts given.
The action is excellently illustrated by Marije Tolman, in fact they give life to the action.
Highly recommended as an essential purchase for school libraries and for the home. There is hours of activity in this book