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Horses, Donkeys, and Mules in the Marines

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In the Korean War, a horse named Reckless worked alongside U.S. Marines to carry heavy ammunition to the front lines. During one battle, Reckless made 51 trips to the front lines in a single day, and even brought wounded soldiers back to the base camp. Today, horses, donkeys, and mules help Marines who are fighting in the mountains of Afghanistan. These animals can move across rough, rocky terrain that trucks and Humvees cannot negotiate. In this book, young readers will meet the pack animals that help the U.S. Marines by carrying weapons and supplies. They'll also discover the history, training, and care of these brave working animals. Full-color photos and dramatic true tales capture the stories of these animals and their critical military missions.

 
Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
BISACS JNF003000
Genre Narrative Nonfiction
Copyright 2012
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series America's Animal Soldiers
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Dimensions 8 x 10
ISBN 9781617724534, 9781617725401
Title Format Reinforced book, Savings Bundle
Dewey 359.9'6
ATOS Reading Level 5.7
Guided Reading Level N
Lexile Reading Level 920
AR Quiz Number 149938
Author Meish Goldish
 

Horses, Donkeys, and Mules

Really? Horses, donkeys, and mules in the U.S. Marines? But this slim title in the America’s Animal Soldiers series, with its many color photographs, makes it clear that these animals are—and have been since 1915—a valued part of the service. The book begins with a vignette about Purple Heart–winner Reckless, a horse who carried both rockets and injured soldiers during the Korean War. It goes on to discuss why animals are better than helicopters for carrying loads (not so easily seen); the extraordinary weights these animals can carry; present missions in places like Afghanistan; and the training school in California, where soldiers learn to pack their animals and find the best ways to make them carry out assignments. Some of the information is repeated (like how much weight they can pack), but that’s a quibble in a book that tells a lot about a fresh topic—one that will especially attract reluctant readers and boys. Sidebars (some in dog-tag shapes) complement the friendly design.

Horses, Donkeys, and Mules

Really? Horses, donkeys, and mules in the U.S. Marines? But this slim title in the America’s Animal Soldiers series, with its many color photographs, makes it clear that these animals are—and have been since 1915—a valued part of the service. The book begins with a vignette about Purple Heart–winner Reckless, a horse who carried both rockets and injured soldiers during the Korean War. It goes on to discuss why animals are better than helicopters for carrying loads (not so easily seen); the extraordinary weights these animals can carry; present missions in places like Afghanistan; and the training school in California, where soldiers learn to pack their animals and find the best ways to make them carry out assignments. Some of the information is repeated (like how much weight they can pack), but that’s a quibble in a book that tells a lot about a fresh topic—one that will especially attract reluctant readers and boys. Sidebars (some in dog-tag shapes) complement the friendly design.

Author/Illustrator biography
Detailed maps
Glossary of key words
Index
Table of contents
Full-color photographs, Historical photographs
 

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