World War I through the gentle eyes of a faithful dog.
Snuggle up with your children and read this touching true story of the faithfulness of an Irish Terrier. When Germans invade his home, the dog runs off to look for his young master. He soon finds himself trapped in No Man’s Land, injured by a bullet. British Private Pete Rice comes to his rescue, and thereafter Army (as the soldiers name him) follows Pete to the end, staying faithfully at his side until death.
- Appropriate for young children—Young students will have main aspects of the Great War introduced to them in small bits, learning about them along with the friendly dog.
- Real yet tender—Army the dog encounters saddened civilians, enemy fire, life in the trenches, hand-to-hand combat, medical care, and soldiers’ camaraderie—all described from his innocent point of view.
- Encourages good character—Faithfulness is emphasized and illustrated through the soldiers’ sacrifices and the dog’s loyalty to the end.
- Based on a true story—Bertha Smith wrote this book in 1917 based on an account a British soldier described to her. Private Rice and Army are buried side by side near Armentières in Flanders.