Animal Planet All-Star Readers: I Am Major, First Dog, Level 2 is the heartwarming true story of how one lucky German Shepherd puppy went from living in an animal shelter to living in the White House.
Meet Major! He’s the very first dog whose “wags to riches” true story has him going from an animal shelter to living in the White House. Told from Major’s perspective, Animal Planet All-Star Readers: I Am Major, First Dog, Level 2 details how this young, energetic German Shepherd found his forever family, including older “brother” Champ—and tons of toys and treats. Children will discover what it’s like to be an adopted dog, as well as a “first dog,” and they’ll learn about other presidential pets. This Level 2 reader features sweet, humorous full-color illustrations and was developed using guidelines created by esteemed childhood literacy expert, Dr. Adria Klein. The included glossary will help children develop their literacy skills, and Major's story will encourage an interest in animals.
Brenda Scott Royce is a lifelong lover of beasts and books—and whenever possible her work combines the two. She’s served as editor of Zoo View, the award-winning magazine of the Los Angeles Zoo, for more than a decade. Her children’s books include two titles in the ASPCA’s Pet Rescue Club series— Champion’s New Shoes and Bailey the Wonder Dog. Her award-winning comedic novels Monkey Love and Monkey Star chronicle the misadventures of Holly Heckerling, a stand-up comedienne who befriends a monkey while juggling career and romantic entanglements.Brenda likes to say that she majored in monkeys in college (she earned a bachelor’s degree in primatology and anthropology from California State University, Fullerton) and that some of her best friends are chimpanzees (she worked as a chimp keeper at a wildlife sanctuary). She lives in Glendora, California.
Adam Devaney has enjoyed working as an illustrator for the the past 15 years. With more than 100 children’s books published, he still enjoys the challenges that illustrating brings in creating new properties for publication. Adam received his formal art training at the Laguna Art Institute in Laguna Beach, California. He also enjoys working in the movie industry as a production designer and editor. He has received many awards, including an Emmy, for his work in film.