Elizabeth MacLeod Marie Lafrance
Bunny the Brave War Horse: Based on a True Story
June 22, 2020 Comments.. 767
Bunny the Brave War Horse Based on a True Story Award winning nonfiction author Elizabeth MacLeod brings a slice of World War I history to life in this poignant picture book It is based on the true story of a police horse named Bunny and his riders
  • Title: Bunny the Brave War Horse: Based on a True Story
  • Author: Elizabeth MacLeod Marie Lafrance
  • ISBN: 9781771380249
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Award winning nonfiction author Elizabeth MacLeod brings a slice of World War I history to life in this poignant picture book It is based on the true story of a police horse named Bunny and his riders, brothers Bud and Thomas Dundas, sent to the European front as part of the 9th Battery Canadian Field Artillery This quietly but powerfully told tale explores many of the aAward winning nonfiction author Elizabeth MacLeod brings a slice of World War I history to life in this poignant picture book It is based on the true story of a police horse named Bunny and his riders, brothers Bud and Thomas Dundas, sent to the European front as part of the 9th Battery Canadian Field Artillery This quietly but powerfully told tale explores many of the actual on the ground hardships WWI soldiers endured, including a gas attack, wounded and killed comrades, exploding bombs and episodes of severe hunger By focusing on the tender relationship between Bunny and the brothers and showing how he was able to provide comfort to the soldiers, the author makes the grim details easier for young readers to absorb The somber palette employed by illustrator Marie Lafrance in her rich, distinctive and detailed artwork all on two page spreads provides the appropriate level of seriousness As a bonus, the author has provided a brief historical recap at the end that provides background information about the real life Bunny, Tom and Bud, with dates and specifics about WWI, which would be useful for creating a global studies teaching plan The geography of the region is enhanced with a color map This powerful book would make an excellent resource for any social studies unit about WWI, while it also works as a personalized reminder of the toll that war takes on humanity Early readers interested in history or horses would enjoy it on their own.
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    1. Sara Grochowski says:

      This is the story of Bunny, a real police horse who was transferred to Europe during WWI and, along with brothers and soldiers Bud and Tom, bravely served his country While the main focus is on Bunny and the role of horses during wartime, the text also touches on the physical and emotional destruction caused by war This courageous long eared horse provides readers with an inspirational story, as well numerous starting points for the discussion of WWI.

    2. Storywraps says:

      What a strange name for a horse.Bunny He is a strong, brave, well trained police horse and he has his orders to be shipped across the ocean at the beginning of WW1, as many horses were at that time He got his name because of his elongated ears and he was a five star general from the get go.Two brothers were aboard the ship that sailed across the Atlantic to Europe Thomas Dundas and his brother Bud had enlisted to go overseas and fight the war and Tom was very excited and happy when Bunny was to [...]

    3. Reet Champion says:

      Bunny is a horse with long ears, a big heart and lots of courage Through the darkest days of World War I Bunny suffers through war with two brothers, one of which will give his lose his life in the war to end all wars For man and horse the war torn world of Europe now pockmarked with crevices, mud and barbed wire is no place for anyone to be But soldier on they do.Based on a true story young readers will find this picture book well worth a read With well done illustration and a lovable horse to [...]

    4. Skye says:

      I received a copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for honest feedback This book is about a courageous horse with long ears named Bunny Bunny is a loyal and loving companion during WWI who shows that animals are capable of extraordinary love This story is based on real events and is a great books for curious young children I enjoyed it very much Bunny is a spectacular friend to have in the good and bad times.

    5. Caitlin Wilson says:

      review This horse saved many lives in the war, and if it weren t for him maybe the guys who were said may not have beene Teach history through animals to make kids wit to learn and read.

    6. Erma Talamante says:

      I really loved this book It is a war biography about a horse and his Canadian rider There are not many stories written about the non human heroes of the military, and even fewer written in a way that children can understand and appreciate This book brought tears to my eyes, and stated simply and plainly without going too far into details the horrors that soldiers and the animals that supported them faced The book ends with a detailed account of Bunny and Thomas story for adults and older childr [...]

    7. Barbara says:

      I am thrilled that books about the contribution of animals during wartime are being published It breaks my heart to think about what they had to endure This picture book tells the true story of Bunny, a horse with exceptionally long ears who accompanied his owners on the battlefield during WWI Bunny was loyal, had a strong heart, and was the only horse out of the 18 sent from his owner s hometown of Toronto to survive the war The author s storytelling skills and the illustrations, created in mi [...]

    8. Lady says:

      Brave Bunny Survives The WarThis book was both fun and educational It is a great way to start teaching children about World War I in a less scary manner This book focuses on the mounted Canadian officers and their horses especially Bunny and her two riders Tom and Bud who were brothers Bunny was the only horse out of 18 who were sent to Belgium from Canada that survived the war I think this was a great slice of life history book and will definitely be sharing it with my children when they are re [...]

    9. Andréa says:

      In Bunny the Brave War Horse, Elizabeth MacLeod and Marie Lafrance shed light on a little known facet of history the horses from the mounted police forces of Canada sent to serve in World War I The story serves as a good introduction to the first world war for children who may be a bit too young for the nitty gritty details.The illustrations are attractive and eye catching while still being appropriately subdued for the subject matter At the end of the book, the authors have included a detailed [...]

    10. Lynn says:

      Not the recent War Horse movie story, but similar The author pulls in enough information but not too much about World War I to make this appropriate for youngsters It will go well with Casey Over There by Statin Rabin as there are few books about World War I for children.I wondered about the connection to Flander s Field as well Simplistic illustrations keep the focus on the horse and soldiers, but give enough details about the war setting.

    11. Ryan says:

      Overall I really liked this story, but I felt the author skipped over things that like the death of Bud that may be too hard for children to hear I don t know if the author knows what happened to Bud, but if they did, then it should have been included in the book It also does not have the happiest of endings, but it is true to life, so if the story seems to come up short, I can understand that, and hope that kids could as well.

    12. Karen Upper says:

      What a wonderful, moving picture book in introducing young readers to war.Based on a true story of the only Canadian Toronto police mounted unit horse to survive WWI, Bunny is a sensitively written tale that allows readers to ask many questions Illustrations are in subdued colours that do not overwhelmed the young reader Highly recommended for Remembrance Day.

    13. Crystal says:

      I received this book for free through the First Reads program.I really liked this book as did my son It highlights how animals, particularly a horse named Bunny, contributed to World War I It touches on the tragedies of wartime in a way that children can understand I found this book inspirational and a good addition to my library.

    14. Kristina Jean Lareau says:

      If you are paid to illustrate horses and people, make sure you can draw them before sending a book to print This is a good solid story steeped in history, but honestly, the proportions of horse to human are off itty bitty human heads and gigantically fat horses It seems as though this illustrator failed to use ANY anatomically correct models.

    15. Mary says:

      This book tells a unique side of WWI in a way that is accessible to children It is a longer story with some sad elements, but there are characters with whom children can relate and there is a kind of happy ending The illustrations are lovely best for older readers.

    16. Laurie says:

      Story engaged both a 6 and 4 year old Required explanations but was a good starting point for discussions re Remembrance Day November 11 Able to share family history re great great grandfathers service in World War 1

    17. Polly says:

      Perfect for Remembrance Day this year.

    18. Becca says:

      Good enough storyline, but I did not like the illustrations

    19. Marisa Young says:

      Great book for kids.

    20. Beth says:

      ARC supplied by publisher via NetGalley

    21. Lisa says:

      very cute i loved how this book didn t really sugar coat things, but still kept it age appropriate the stories our pets could tell

    22. Debby Baumgartner says:

      Story of a Canadian military unit and horses sent to serve in World War I Bunny is the only horse to survive After the war he is left in Europe and sold to a farmer.

    23. Edward Sullivan says:

      Bunny is one of twelve horses sent from the Toronto mounted police to Belgium to serve on the Western Front in Belgium, and the only one that survives the war Based on a true story.

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