Quote of the day: "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
- Anne Frank
Today's featured book:
Title: Bunny the Brave War Horse
Author: Elizabeth MacLeod
Illustrator: Marie Lafrance
Let's take a peek inside shall we?
My take on the book:
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.
About the author:
About the illustrator:
About: Marie is an award winning illustrator who has been drawing most of her life. Her illustrations appear in magazines, posters, newspapers, billboards, board games, picture books and her own personal favorite, boxes of jelly powder. Recently, Marie has evolved her craft from painting with brushes to creating her wonderful illustrations digitally.
Book Review Rating: 8 (Fantastic!)
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