“I am a frog. I sleep with my eyes open.”
- Dallin, age 4, as told to his mom days after being read this book
"This book is awesome! It is a great way to learn facts about some of our favorite animals, insects, and plants! There are also some less-known animals in this book such as salamanders, and it is cool to learn fun facts about them! I also really liked the pictures in this book. Because they were photographs, they were very informative about what the animals looked like and also helped me have a visual in my head for the animals I did not know. Lastly, I liked how the author connected the animals such as being able to see the firefly and hear the bullfrog. This showed how all the animals are connected in their natural habits! This book did a great job of showcasing how curiosity can lead you to learning about wonderful new things! Overall, I highly recommend this book to any readers who want to learn more about the animals in our world!"
- 5 Stars, Sylvie55555, age 15, LitPick
"My children adored this book, and they wanted to read it numerous times, and I believe this is thanks to the original story that combines many emotive and entertaining themes and because it is easy to read. There is no use of complicated or technical words throughout the book; instead it is written in an easy to read and a flawless way which will captivate and alight young readers minds with amazement while also informing them on very important topics. As Odie Explores: A Paw Smart Book is a magnificent, entertaining and incredibly well-written story that will charm and delight both young readers and parents alike, I have no choice but to award this superb piece of children's literature five stars!"
- 5- Stars - Aimee Ann, Red Headed Book Lover
"Odie is a very inquisitive dog. He loves to explore, mostly by using his nose as all dogs do. He has a new friend in his neighborhood: Phoebe. They like to explore together, but since Phoebe is new, Odie is showing her around. Together, they see a hawk, wrens and other songbirds, a squirrel (of course), a green anole, a turtle, and many other creatures. With each creature they study, they learn some interesting facts. Like the turtle who will pull itself into its shell when scared and the way to identify if a turtle is male or female is to look at the color of its eyes. Then there is the marvelous oak tree which, sturdy and strong as it is, makes it the fine tree that has earned its identity as the national tree of the United States. Odie is a very clever dog. He knows a lot and he learns interesting facts whenever he goes exploring. He encourages young readers to do the same.
Donna S. Provance's picture book story, Odie Explores, is another book in her series, A Paw Smart Book. The story follows the beloved family dog, Odie, as he explores his neighborhood with his new friend, Phoebe. Odie acts as a guide and teacher, not only to Phoebe but to young readers as well. Everything he sees and smells, he shares in great detail and there are numerous colorful photographs to illustrate what he has discovered. Young readers will enjoy learning about the world around them from a four-legged friend, especially one as cute, lovable and, of course, smart as Odie. A fun way to learn. Thanks, Odie."
- 5 Stars - Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Readers' Favorite