Combat-Wounded Dogs
Combat-Wounded Dogs

Series: Dog Heroes   

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Annotation: Provides information about dogs that have played an important role in the military and, like soldiers, have been wounded and yet survived.
Genre: War
Catalog Number: #38656
Format: Library Binding
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Pages: 32 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-597-16864-5
ISBN 13: 978-1-597-16864-9
Dewey: 355.4
LCCN: 2009011247
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
For anyone already in love with pooches, the titles in the Dog Heroes series will only increase the certainty that dogs are the greatest things on the planet. The series is a surprising 17 titles deep and touches on everything from sled dogs to the Dogs Scouts of America. Combat-Wounded Dogs kicks off with a bombing in 2006 Iraq, where an explosion not only wounded soldier Brendan Poelaert but also Flapoor, his military working dog (MWD). Flapoor's survival is but one tale in a long history of canine soldiering, which took off in World War II and continued through Vietnam, where it is estimated that 10,000 soldiers were saved by dogs. A red-and-black design fits the dramatic atmosphere, and challenging vocabulary words (shrapnel, aerovaced) nudge along the ultimately inspiring story of how MWDs evolved from "equipment" to "soldiers." This is satisfying coverage of a high-interest topic.
Horn Book
These volumes showcase the work done by dogs serving in active military units (Combat) or assisting people with disorders such as epilepsy (Seizure). Double-page spreads feature facts about the characteristics dogs need to function in these specialized roles, how they are trained, and examples of their work; photographs accompany the texts. The books, though slight, are effective in their accessibility. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
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ILA Children's Choice Award
ALA Booklist (11/1/09)
Horn Book (4/1/10)
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Word Count: 2,284
Reading Level: 5.6
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 131777 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.4 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q47616
Lexile: 920L

In January 2006, soldier Brendan Poelaert and his military dog, Flapoor, were in the middle of combat in Iraq. Suddenly, a bomb exploded! The blast was so strong that Brendan passed out. When he woke up, his arm hung limp and broken by his side. Brendan wasn't interested in his arm, though. He wanted to know what had happened to Flapoor. When he finally spotted his dog, he saw that the powerful animal's chest was bleeding. Brendan knew he had to get help right away, or Flapoor would die. Would Brendan be able to save his canine partner's life? Flapoor is just one of many special dogs that have played an important role in the military. Look inside to learn more about these heroic animals and how, like other soldiers, many have been wounded and yet survived! Book jacket.

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