Darling, Mercy Dog of World War I
Children's - Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Make Way For BooksUniquely told from a dog's point of view, this book is both authentic and inspiring. Readers join Darling as she transforms from a spoiled carefree pet into a self-sacrificing war hero. Her journey provides a new perspective on World War I and allows readers to think about the kind of character necessary for thinking of others first in moments of life and death. Written with engaging characters and just the right amount of action, this story shows the change that love and loyalty can bring to one's character. The story's conclusion includes the history behind the story, along with an extensive bibliography of print and digital resources.
There are some very descriptive battle scenes, and while they are not inappropriate, the death depicted may warrant some discussion prior to reading.
Publisher SummaryAt home in England, Darling is a mischievous but much loved pet to Robert and Katherine. But when the British military asks families to volunteer their dogs to help the war effort, they send Darling off to be trained, even though it is very hard to say goodbye. Darling goes through training along with many other dogs and is ultimately used as a mercy dog, seeking out injured soldiers on the battlefield and leading the medics to them. After saving the lives of numerous soldiers, Darling is faced with a major challenge.Alison Hart is the author of more than twenty books for young readers. Hart is a teacher at Blue Ridge Community College. Michael G. Montgomery has illustrated numerous children's books. He attended Georgia Southern University and the University of Georgia.
In Cosham, England, in 1917, Darling, a mischievous collie, must leave the children who love her when she is chosen for training as a mercy dog, seeking out injured soldiers on the battlefield and leading medics to them.