Bunny the Brave War Horse: Based on a True Story by Elizabeth MacLeodBunny the Brave War Horse: Based on a True Story by Elizabeth MacLeod

Bunny the Brave War Horse: Based on a True Story

byElizabeth MacLeodIllustratorMarie LaFrance

Picture Books | August 1, 2014

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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 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 more 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.
Elizabeth MacLeod has written many children's books, including nine titles in the Snapshots Biography series, numerous titles in the Kids Can Read, Kids Books Of and Kids Can Do It series, Why Do Horses Have Manes?, What Did Dinosaurs Eat?, and Monster Fliers. She lives in Toronto.Marie Lafrance lives in Montreal, Quebec. She has provi...
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Title:Bunny the Brave War Horse: Based on a True StoryFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 10.38 × 9.38 × 0.38 inPublished:August 1, 2014Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771380241

ISBN - 13:9781771380249

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful book for Remembrance Day I read this book with my grade 2 class, and they were completely engrossed in the story. Love that it gives a glimpse into war without being overly graphic. Will read it every year!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A true hero in wartime 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 be his horse to ride into the battle. They landed in France and then proceeded to Belgium where the war was raging and they joined in. Together horse and owner faced many trials: gas attacks, enemy bullets, poor shelter, miserable hygiene and shortages of rations for both man and beast. Bunny and his horse friends proved time and time again how courageous they were by delivering messages in active war zones, surviving dangerous gas attacks and by acting as ambulances and carrying the injured and dead off the battlefield back to their fellow soldiers. They stood strong and undaunted as the world exploded around them. Unfortunatley Tom succumbed to the perils of war by his loss of life. His brother, devastated by his death, had the honour of being assigned his brother's faithful steed Bunny until the war finally ended and everyone could return home. Bunny was not allowed that privilege but remained in Belgium where he lived out his days. The illustrations in the book are vintage, rich and filmic. This true story is one of love and loyalty both from human to animal and vice versa. I loved in the back of book how the author included an historical synopsis of World War 1 and the importance of the horses as they too engaged in the fight for freedom right beside their human counterparts. This is not only a true, educational story but very moving as well. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-06-25

Editorial Reviews

MacLeod's lightly fictionalized narrative communicates the harsh realities of war without dwelling on blood and gore ... this will be a welcome addition to primary-grade history units.-Booklist Online