Saturday, November 16, 2013

Book Review and Giveaway: Darling, Mercy Dog of World War I by Alison Hart

Review book received at no charge by publisher

Darling likes her comfortable home in England as a much loved family pet. When the British military drafts her into the war, Darling devises a sneaky plan to run away to return the children she loves. That is until she saves a wounded soldier and discovers her calling as a mercy dog.

Upon completion of her military training, Darling saves the lives of countless soldiers and witnesses the horrors of war. She must learn to dodge bullets, dig in the trenches to find the wounded, and hardest of all, ignore the dead.

The descriptions of battle introduce the young reader to the tragedies of war without being too gory. The focus on the narrative from a dog's point of view further the real point of courage and bravery as well as love and devotion. Anyone who has ever had a loyal dog as a best friend will have no trouble connecting to Darling and admiring her acts of heroism. A quick afterward on the history of dogs in World War I help the young reader further appreciate the loyalty of man's best friend.

Rating: Recommended ****

Publishing Information:

Peachtree Publishers (Oct. 2013)
ISBN: 978-1-56145-705-2
Ages: 7-10

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6 comments:

Maria K said...

I think we would like that the dog is so loyal she tries to return to her family when separated.

ossmcalc said...

It would be nice to think that if our dog was taken away that he would try to get back home. It is also nice to think that our dog could be a hero and save lives.

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Dorothy Teel said...

I believe that my granddaughter would love to read how this dog becomes a mercy rescue dog and how the dog becomes a hero, My granddaughter loves dogs and she loves to read,plus this would give her more history as a home schooler to learn about. We both would love to read - Darling, Mercy Dog of World War I by Alison Hart

Danielle jones said...

My son would like to think that his dog could do this. This looks like a really good book that even I would read.

Michelle said...

I think both my little ones would enjoy this because they love dogs! Thanks for the chance to win!

Ashley Fryer said...

My children love all books with dogs

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