Rags: Hero Dog of WWI, written by Margot Theis Raven and illustrated by Petra Brown, describes how a stray dog named Rags became a wonderful companion and military aide to an American soldier, Private James Donovan, fighting in France during WWI. The soldier found Rags wandering around on the streets of Paris, and ended up taking him on the battlefield where Rags assisted by chasing vermin out of the trenches, passing along messages between soldiers, finding breaks in telephone lines, and overall boosting the moral of his fellow soldiers. Rags was injured in a battle that ultimately took Private Donovan's life. It was clear to all the other soldiers that he was heartbroken over the loss of his friend. Rags' story has a happy ending, though, because he was adopted by a family with two girls who loved and cared for him. He was given many awards and accolades for his exemplary service to the United States military.
The book includes factual information before and after the story describing Rags' life and a bit about the history of military dogs in WWI and beyond. There are lovely pictures that help readers understand the story and see Rags for the hero he was. I would recommend this book for any children interested in dogs, history, or the military. Adults may want to be aware that children could become sad or upset when Private Donovan dies. It might be a good idea to have some talking points about death ready. You can always ask a librarian for book suggestions on difficult topics like this or take a look at our booklist
This book is recommended for children ages 7-10 years old. It is available in print
or as an ebook on Hoopla
. It has won many awards, and I highly recommend it! Click the picture of the book's cover to place it on hold!