“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Dogs on Duty: Soldiers’ Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond. Written by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Walker Publishing Company, Inc. c. 2012, 48pp.
Synopsis: Dogs on Duty is an informational book about military working dogs (MWDs). The book explains how the dogs are trained, which breeds are used, and the specific jobs MWDs have. Many photographs of dogs in training as well as dogs in the field are included.
Reading Level: 1190L
Rationale for Use in the Classroom: This book is high interest for middle elementary school students. Any animal-loving child will be excited to learn about these military working dogs. The book is nonfiction and would tie in well with many units like animals or history.
CCSS Connection: Dogs on Duty is well suited for RI3.5: Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently and RI3.7: Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).