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Aero and Officer Mike : police partners
Russell, Joan Plummer.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Pa. : Caroline House, Boyds Mills Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
A photo essay about a police dog and his human partner at work and play.
Reading Level:
780 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.8 0.5 53929.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.9 2 Quiz: 31787 Guided reading level: M.
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A true partnership is a rare thing. Yet for Corporal Mike Matsik and his K-9 partner, Aero, it seems second nature. They have been partners for four years, and to observe them on duty is to see the two working as one. Aero anticipates Mike's every move and watches alertly for Mike's every command. Mike seems to know what Aero is thinking by the mere angle of Aero's ears or the look in Aero's dark eyes. Aero's incredible senses of smell and hearing, his speed and strength, his pure canine instincts extend and expand Mike's abilities as a police officer. But when Aero is off duty, he can be as gentle and friendly as a family pet. Author Joan Plummer Russell spent two years on duty shifts with Corporal Matsik and Aero. What she observed both awed and inspired her. Together, text and pictures reveal not only the daily demands of the job, but also a deep friendship between man and dog that goes far beyond the police work to which they are both so dedicated.

Author Notes

Joan Plummer Russell first became interested in K-9 police teams when she took part in a Citizens Police Academy. She rode with Corporal Mike Matsik and Aero twice a month for two years, writing notes and recording events. She also observed many K-9 training days and loved every minute of it. Ms. Russell and her husband live in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Kris Turner Sinnenberg is a photojournalist whose work as a writer and photographer has appeared in many publications. While at ABC News Network she produced news reports for Good Morning America and World News Tonight. A trip to Africa on safari inspired her interest in photography. While working on this book, she joined the Citizens Police Academy. Ms. Sinnenberg lives in Ohio with her family.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-4, younger for reading aloud. Here's a real live Officer Buckle and Gloria story, but in this case, the officer is no sidekick to his dog. Both Officer Mike and Aero are true partners. Having been together for four years, they work as one. Aero's powerful sense of smell, his fierceness, and his speed make him an incredible asset to the police force. His job is to protect Mike and the patrol car, attacking if necessary, to sniff out drugs, help control large crowds, check houses for break-ins, and do ongoing K-9 training. He's also obliged to do community service. The action-filled, full-color photos capture the remarkable relationship between a man and a dog, on duty and off, as does the clear, precise prose. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Aero and Officer Mike could be the real-life Officer Buckle and Gloria (Putnam, 1995) by Peggy Rathmann. Russell spent two years researching this book as she accompanied Mike Matsik and his K-9 companion at work, at home, and at play. The description of their daily lives includes details that will interest young readers, such as the hand and arm signals used for communication and Aero's fear of open grating and fire escapes. Sinnenberg's colorful photographs are action-packed and appealing. Pair this book with Rathmann's award-winner for solid examples of fiction and nonfiction on the same topic, and for units on community helpers.-Lynn Dye, Keheley Elementary School, Marietta, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.