Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bunny the Brave War Horse by Elizabeth MacLeod - ADVISABLE

MacLeod, Elizabeth Bunny the Brave War Horse, illustrated by Marie Lafrance.  PICTURE BOOK.  Kids Can Press, 2014.  $17.  During World War I, Bunny went from being an urban police officer’s horse to the trenches of Belgium.  There he was expected to work amongst the mustard gas and the bullets in any capacity he was needed.

Bunny really was a horse sent by the city of Toronto to help during the war.  Out of 18 horses sent from the city, Bunny was the only left alive at the end of the war.  Instead of heading home, Bunny was sold to a local farmer and never seen again.  Bunny is the kind of horse that should be remembered instead of the better-known race horses, I think.  MacLeod draws a succinct pictures of the particular horrors of WWI, along with the story of Bunny and his fellows. I’m not sure where this might fit within the curriculum - perhaps about the variety of jobs that animals do for people?

EL - ADVISABLE.  Cindy - Library Teacher

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