Bunny the Brave War Horse: Based on a True Story

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by Elizabeth MacLeod

A look at history through a picturebook, this books tells of the little-known role of several million horses used during WWI. The real-life police horse from Toronto, Ontario, helps keep the kids interest as the story covers quite a bit of ground. And, although the book touches on some heavy topics such as the death of a main character, poison gas, and heavy gunfire, the simple, childish pictures manage to convey the scene without showing guns, bombers, or the dying.

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Picturebook with more detailed information on the last pages.

Ages 3-12

Available from public libraries

Recommended

Reviewer: Doreen

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In Flanders Fields

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by Norman Jorgensen

This beautifully-illustrated picturebook provides a rather unsoftened look at war. Intended for older kids, it has somewhat graphic pictures in ink (some dead bodies, a skull, rats) which give a look at real life in trenches. The story follows an act of mercy and a brief glimpse of hope is portrayed by the bright bird and the Christmas carol with which it ends.

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Picturebook

Ages 8 and up

Available from public libraries

Recommended

Reviewer: Doreen

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Proud as a Peacock Brave as a Lion

 

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By Jane Barclay

“Much has been written about war and remembrance, but very little of it has been for young children. As questions come from a young grandchild, his grandpa talks about how, as a very young man, he was as proud as a peacock in uniform, busy as a beaver on his Atlantic crossing, and brave as a lion charging into battle. Soon, the old man’s room is filled with an imaginary menagerie as the child thinks about different aspects of wartime. But as he pins medals on his grandpa’s blazer and receives his own red poppy in return, the mood becomes more somber.

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“Outside, the crowd gathered for the veterans’ parade grows as quiet as a mouse, while men and women — old and young — march past in the rain. A trumpet plays and Grandpa lays a wreath in memory of his lost friend. Just then, the child imagines an elephant in the mist. “Elephants never forget,” he whispers to his grandpa. “Then let’s be elephants,” says the old man, as he wipes water from his eyes and takes his grandson’s hand.”

From the Amazon book description

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Recommended

Ages 5 and up

Picturebook: Remembrance Day or Veterans Day

Available from public libraries

Reviewer: Doreen

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A Bear in War

By Stephanie Innes and Harry Endrulat

This is a great yearly read for Remembrance Day or if you are looking for a living, history book. Told at a child’s level it brings across some events of World War I and what life was like for children to live during that time.

From the Epilogue:

A Bear in War was inspired by the true story of “Teddy”, a stuffed bear that was sent to the front lines during World War I.

Teddy belonged to ten-year-old Aileen Rogers, who lived with her family on a farm in East Farnham, Quebec. Her father, Lawrence Browning Rogers, enlisted in the Fifth Canadian Mounted Rifles at the age of thirty-six in 1915.

This book tells Lawrence Browning Rogers’ story through the eyes of Aileen’s teddy bear, which now sits in the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario.

Picturebook

Ages: 5 and up

Available from the Hamilton Public Library

Recommended

Reviewer: Meagan