Jan Brett
The First Dog
1988
from the dustjacket:

Kip the cave boy bounds along the trail home with a sack of warm and tasty Woolly Rhino ribs. If he could only get rid of pesky Paleowolf, who follows him, hoping for a taste of those delicious ribs!

But Paleowolf's presence turns out to be useful: His warnings save Kip from the Cave Bear, the Mighty Mammoth, and the frightening Saber-Toothed Cat. So Kip offers to share his food with Paleowolf — if Paleowolf will use his keen nose, fine ears, and sharp eyes to keep Kip from being eaten up. With a bark and a wag of his tail, Paleowolf agrees to this bargain, and Kip christens his new friend "Dog."

In this exciting tale of adventure in prehistoric times, Jan Brett creates a spectacular Ice Age landscape populated with the massive animals of the time and bordered with images inspired by cave paintings and Ice Age artifacts. She convincingly portrays the growth of the warm bond between man and animal that must, long, long ago, have resulted in the first domesticated dog.


Jan Brett is the award-winning illustrator of more than twenty books for children, including The Enchanted Book by Janina Porazinska, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and Annie and the Wild Animals. The First Dog is the fourth book she has both authored and illustrated. Inspiration for The First Dog came from Jan Brett's interest in the history of the Siberian husky, visits to the American Museum of Natural History's stunning exhibit "Dark Caves, Bright Visions: Life in Ice Age Europe," and from the George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries, whose exhibits include the skull of a saber-toothed cat with its sabers intact.

Jan Brett attended Colby-Sawyer College and the Boston Museum School and has been illustrating children's books since 1979. She lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts with her husband and daughter and their family dog, a wolfish Siberian husky.