The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero
On Sale: 09/12/2017
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illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
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The inspiring true story of Reckless, the brave little horse who became a Marine.
When a group of US Marines fighting in the Korean War found a bedraggled mare, they wondered if she could be trained to as a packhorse. They had no idea that the skinny, underfed horse had one of the biggest and bravest hearts they’d ever known. And one of the biggest appetites!
Soon Reckless showed herself more than willing to carry ammunition too heavy for the soldiers to haul. As cannons thundered and shells flew through the air, she marched into battle—again and again—becoming the only animal ever to officially hold military rank—becoming Sgt. Reckless—and receive two Purple Hearts.
This is the first picture book from award-winning novelist Patricia McCormick, sumptuously illustrated by acclaimed artist Iacopo Bruno.
- ISBN: 9780062292599
- ISBN 10: 0062292595
- Imprint: Balzer + Bray
- On Sale: 09/12/2017
- Trimsize: 11.00 in (w) x 10.00 in (h) x 0.00 in (d)
- Pages: 40
- List Price: 17.99 USD
- Ages: 6 to 10
- BISAC1: JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Military & Wars
- BISAC2: JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / 20th Century
- BISAC3: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Horses
★ “Vividly brings to life the story of Sergeant Reckless, the only animal to officially hold military rank in the United States. This endearing story of wartime camaraderie won’t soon be forgotten.”
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
★ “A rousing success. An engaging slice of history.” - Booklist (starred review)
“[An] intriguing historical tale of an underdog. A warm human (and horse) interest story that feels fresh off a newsreel.” - Kirkus Reviews
“Excellent. This well-illustrated war story will appeal to many, especially fans of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse. A strong selection.” - School Library Journal
“Engaging.” - The Horn Book
“A lively look at wartime animal heroism.” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
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