My Life in Dog Years
My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen
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Gary Paulsen writes about all the dogs he had in his life so far. Some of these dogs saved his life. The dogs in this story have a special place in his life. I highly recommend this book.
Why do you think that Paulsen chooses to tell the story of his life indirectly, by talking about his time with dogs?
Do you think that all the dogs that Paulsen profiles in his book have a lot in common? Or does each dog stand out as really different from the last?
Why do you think that Paulsen included dogs that didn't actually belong to him?
Do you think there's a real difference between dog people and cat people? In what ways does Paulsen's personality fit the profile of a typical "dog person"?
Why do you think Paulsen wrote the book as chapters focusing on one dog each?
How does Paulsen's writing style make his stories about the dogs seem so authentic and believable?
Why do you think Paulsen pretty much leaves people out of these stories (except for himself)?
What seem to be Paulsen's feelings about humans in general?
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