Los trabajos de los perros (Dogs on Duty)
Series of 4 titles
Dogs on Duty introduces beginning readers to different kinds of working dogs, including herding dogs, military dogs, search and rescue dogs, and even service dogs. Learn about the duties and responsibilities of these dogs as well as the special skills they are trained to do with this fun series! Supplementary text and matching photos in the back matter reinforce the specific kinds of duties these dogs perform, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Vibrant, full-color photographs and photo labels complement the carefully leveled text to make reading for understanding easy and fun. Each title includes reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.
SLJ Review of Los trabajos de los perros (Dogs on Duty)
Repetition, early words, and simple narrative structure are major strengths in this series about the many service functions performed by working dogs. Herding dogs, military dogs, search and rescue dogs, and service dogs are profiled in these Spanish/English books for early readers who are practicing their literacy skills in both languages.
High-quality visuals display these working dogs in action as they herd cattle, assist the U.S. military, and help people who experience disabilities, and feature short captions to reinforce new ideas.
Consistent with this publisher’s previous releases, text, pictures, and blocks of color are well-balanced on each page, with plenty of space around letters and words to ensure comprehension. Short, simple sentences make this series a great option for readers who are starting to read aloud independently, while helping readers to build a bilingual vocabulary.
VERDICT: This simple series is an early literacy standout for public and school library collections.