Books by William Muñoz

MADE FOR EACH OTHER by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A smorgasbord of dog facts and tidbits whose distinguishing value may be to inspire interest in readers to research further. (sources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
An overview of the relationship between people and dogs. Read full book review >
DOG ON BOARD by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"All told, a nice-enough dog story better suited to social media than the posterity of print. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
The title and subtitle say it all. Read full book review >
CALL OF THE OSPREY by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Released: June 2, 2015

"More science than adventure, this is a challenging addition to the Science in the Field series. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Ospreys, severely affected by DDT in the 1960s, now serve as indicators for the success of pollution remediation on a Superfund cleanup site. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 2012

"Very well done; an important resource. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In a follow-up to their acclaimed The Buffalo and the Indians (2006), Patent and Munoz discuss how the Plains Indians' relationship with horses enriched them. Read full book review >
SAVING AUDIE by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Released: May 1, 2011

"Audie's inspirational story is a case study in rehabilitation, one sure to appeal to animal loving children. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
What happens to the dogs when dogfighting rings are broken up and the trials are over? Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2004

"High-quality photographs illustrate Ira's journey from cuddly puppy to confident working guide dog. (author's note, list of organizations, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Ira is an appealing golden retriever puppy who grows into his job as a guide dog in this latest effort from a prolific and respected science writer for children. Read full book review >
THE LEWIS AND CLARK TRAIL by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Still, this is a must for library collections on the subject. (author's note, resources) (Nonfiction. 9+)"
When Lewis and Clark were about to undertake their famous journey in 1803, North America was divided into five sections: the US, the British-controlled northern and western areas to the Rocky Mountains, the Louisiana Territory, the southwest, controlled by the Spanish, and the unclaimed Oregon country. Read full book review >
Released: March 18, 2002

"Pair with Rhoda Blumberg's The Incredible Journey of Lewis and Clark for a fuller picture of the journey. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
In their historic journey across the Western US in 1804-06, explorers Lewis and Clark encountered and described 121 new species and subspecies of vertebrate animals, including birds, bears, deer, snakes, prairie dogs, coyotes, fish, and wolves. Read full book review >
SHAPING THE EARTH by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Released: March 20, 2000

"The latter provide extensive resources for students researching plate tectonics and other topics in earth science. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Beginning at the beginning, 4.5 billion years ago, when the earth was nothing but a cloud of dust grains and gas whirring around the young sun, Patent (Bold and Bright Black-and-White Animals, 1998, etc.) discusses the shaping of the earth and the changes to it from that time to the present. Read full book review >
HOMESTEADING by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Such contrasts do not further the text, and, with pictures of modern gardens and close-ups of onions and gourds, detract from the compelling historical information. (map, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
After the Homestead Act of 1862 and its offer of 160 acres of prairie land for $18.00 and five years of labor, men and women by the thousands took up the challenge and moved onto the prairie. Read full book review >
APPLE TREES by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Released: Feb. 11, 1998

"Useful as a seasonal curriculum enhancer, or where copies of Charles Micucci's The Life and Times of the Apple (1992) are in short supply. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
The life cycle of the apple tree is explored in this Early Bird Nature Book, similar in scope and format to the New True easy-to-read series. Read full book review >
BACK TO THE WILD by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Released: April 1, 1997

"Full-color photographs of animals in and out of captivity enhance the whole. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Patent (Biodiversity, 1996, etc.) describes some of the current conservation programs that preserve endangered animals by capturing wild specimens, breeding them in captivity, and reintroducing offspring to the wild. Read full book review >
BIODIVERSITY by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Released: Oct. 18, 1996

"Still, this is an attractive and personal discussion of an important issue. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Patent (Children Save the Rain Forest, p. 903, etc.) stresses the importance of protecting the planet's rich gene pool for the survival of all species, and makes clear that seemingly insignificant species may provide medicines and products of great usefulness. Read full book review >
PRAIRIES by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Released: Oct. 15, 1996

"The full-color photographs are remarkable; fully keyed to the text, they often cross the line from illustration to fine art. (map, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
This information book is the epitome of clarity, and the beauty of its subject is captured in superb photographs. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"1991) leaves readers with a simplistic (not to mention inhumane), cut-and-dried solution that is unlikely to make an impression (so to speak) on either the biters or the bittenstick with Barbara Bottner's toothier Bootsie Barker Bites (1992). (Picture book. 4-6)"
Flora, the class biter, is shocked out of her habit when she sinks her teeth into a plush monkey's arm, and it rips off. Read full book review >
HUGGER TO THE RESCUE by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Released: May 1, 1994

"Appealing. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Hugger is an enormous Newfoundland, trained to search for and rescue people lost in wilderness areas, snowstorms, avalanches, or at sea. Read full book review >
WHAT GOOD IS A TAIL? by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A reliable author/photographer team collaborates on another winning book—somewhat easier to read than their Feathers (1992)- -with a lively text, appealing color photos, and intriguing science facts showing just how useful a tail can be. Read full book review >
HORSES by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Released: Jan. 25, 1994

"Solid and attractive. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A particular favorite among children is presented in terms that will appeal to fans and young researchers alike. Read full book review >
PRAIRIE DOGS by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Released: Aug. 15, 1993

"Bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
The prolific Patent at her best, with a succinct, well researched, and informative rundown of the prairie rodent's lifestyle and social organization, plus a clear presentation of its controversial role: knowing that 400 or so prairie dogs eat enough grass to maintain a cow, ranchers (and the US) have exterminated them by the millions (``Their numbers have been reduced by about 90 percent''). Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
From a biologist with 20 years of zoo experience (keeper to assistant director): a discussion of the special care, plus unusual procedures and equipment (diets, incubators, gravity-flow feeding tubes), needed to rear a wide variety of baby animals. Read full book review >
Released: May 25, 1992

"List of information sources; less-than- comprehensive index. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
A solid, useful survey: the origin and scope of refuges, how they differ from other types of public land, brief portraits of representative samples, policies and adaptations in aid of particular wildlife and terrain. Read full book review >
FEATHERS by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Released: May 1, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Clearly written, carefully organized, enhanced with striking color photos: a superior science title guaranteed to reveal things you never knew about the structures that make birds unique. Read full book review >
A FAMILY GOES HUNTING by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Released: Oct. 28, 1991

"Index. (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
A wholesome-looking Montana family enjoys several outings hunting together, demonstrating responsible, safe, and ``humane'' behavior in the field. Read full book review >
WHERE FOOD COMES FROM by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Released: June 15, 1991

"Not about nutrition, but a useful awareness-builder. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Beginning at the grocery, where most urban people today get food, Patent discusses the sources of foods that are made into such products as ``Tater Tots,'' ``V-8,'' and ``Uncle Ben's Converted Rice.'' Brief chapters discuss fruits and vegetables, grains, meats, and dairy products. Read full book review >