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Long before canine YouTube stars, Missouri laid claim to the Smartest Dog in the World: Jim the Wonder Dog, a Great Depression Era hunting dog that many believed was either a genius or possessed of clairvoyant skills. Evidence existed for both claims: Jim predicted seven Kentucky Derby winners and the winners of the 1936 World Series and presidential race, but the setter could also take direction in foreign languages (Italian, French, German, Spanish), shorthand, and Morse Code and recognized both colors and musical instruments. This is the true story of the dog that became known as Missouri's Wonder Dog.
Marty Rhodes Figley is the author of seventeen books for young readers including Emily and Carlo (a book about Emily Dickinson's dog). She was born in Joplin, Missouri, and reared in Springfield, Missouri. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a degree in American Studies, she now makes her home in Virginia.