Innocent Heroes: Stories of animals in the First World War

Innocent Heroes: Stories of animals in the First World War

by Sigmund Brouwer

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Overview

A unique celebration of the important role animals play in war, and an insightful look at the taking of Vimy Ridge from the perspective of 3 men in a Canadian platoon.


Never before have the stories of animal war heroes been collected in such a special way. This book consists of eight connected fictional stories about a Canadian platoon in WW1. The Storming Normans have help from some very memorable animals: we meet a dog who warns soldiers in the trench of a gas attack, a donkey whose stubbornness saves the day, a cat who saves soldiers from rat bites, and many more. Each story is followed by nonfiction sections that tell the true story of these animals from around the world and of the Canadian soldiers who took Vimy Ridge. Through the friendship that grows between three of these soldiers in particular, we get a close-up look at life in the trenches, the taking of Vimy Ridge, the bonds between soldiers and their animals and what it meant to be Canadian in WW1.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101918463
Publisher: Tundra
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 372,235
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

SIGMUND BROUWER writes for both children and adults. In the last ten years, he has given writing workshops to students in schools from the Arctic Circle to inner city Los Angeles. One of the writers in Orca's Seven series, he has published well over 100 books for kids, from YA fiction to picture books to nonfiction, with close to 4 million books in print. He recently won the Arthur Ellis award for his book Dead Man's Switch, which was also a finalist for the Red Maple as well. Devil's Pass, from the Seven series, was shortlisted for the John Spray Mystery Award and the Red Maple. Sigmund and his family live half the year in Nashville, Tennessee, and half the year in Red Deer, Alberta. For more information, visit www.rockandroll-literacy.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction viii

Little Abigail 1

Boomer 19

Coal Dust 41

Tomato 61

Leo 81

Charlie 103

Biscotte 125

Louise 145

Epilogue 165

When the Guns Fell Silent 184

Acknowledgments 186

Sources 187

Photos 189

Index 197

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