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War Dogs: Churchill & Rufus Hardcover – Feb 1 2013

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (Feb. 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580894143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580894142
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 1 x 24.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,096,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathryn Selbert is a recent graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. WAR DOGS is her first children’s book. She lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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A unique, child-friendly perspective into the life of Winston Churchill during WW II July 24 2013
By Z Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This interesting picture book biography portrays the everyday life of Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Britain, during WW II, alongside his beloved pet miniature poodle, Rufus. The large, full-color illustrations take up most of the page and bring this fascinating historic period to life and will prove especially engaging for young children. Interspersed throughout are actual quotes by the great orator and leader, some of which might prove to be a bit difficult for young minds to comprehend, but nothing that cannot be cleared up with a bit of help from an adult, i.e. teacher, parent, or caregiver.

This picture book also serves as a wonderful introduction to the period. Children will learn about the inner workings of government, for example how Mr. Churchill conducted business in an underground office deep beneath London. I had no idea that Rufus was a constant companion for Mr. Churchill, even accompanying him to the House of Commons! I thought the illustrator did a credible job of portraying life in London during this time. The panoramic depiction of London at night, lit only by what I assume to be bombardment, was rather eerie but conveyed the destructive effects of war quite well. As Churchill walks around devastated London the next morning, Rufus accompanies him, somberly taking in the ruins.

The book moves on through the war years until the ultimate Allied victory against the Axis powers. It aptly ends with Churchill and his beloved dog, Rufus, at rest in their country retreat with the caption, "They rest in the country at last, two war dogs." I think this book would make a great introduction or supplementary material for class discussion on WW II, and I think it lends itself more to upper elementary students (younger children might also appreciate it with some adult guidance). There's a timeline included at the back of the book, as well as some information on Churchill and his dogs, and there's also a bibliography and a list of additional reading suggestions.
I enjoyed this interesting approach of discussing World War II with ... Nov. 25 2014
By Shelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this interesting approach of discussing World War II with young readers: through the connection of Weinstein Churchill and his dog Rufus. Churchill himself was often referred to as a “bulldog” for both his appearance and tenacity, yet he found a kindred spirit in a small brown poodle. I particularly appreciated the time line and additional facts located in the appendix, very informative.
Winston Churchill May 14 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Good intro to Winston Churchill. Cute as his story is told thru the eyes of his dog, a poodle not a bulldog.p
wonderful book June 13 2013
By Edith Faile - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
great for history and for the wonderful illustrations.. a must for Anglophile dog lovers! learning history through canine eyes is fun
Great book about Churchill May 24 2013
By Irene's Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a simple book about the famed Churchill and his time in charge during the war. The speaker throughout the book is his dog Rufus, which makes the story more inviting for children. The illustrations are not that inviting but they did not deter me from enjoying the story. The end finds a page about Churchill and his real dogs. There is also a page describing a little more about who Churchill was and all he accomplished. The date map of the war was helpful and easy to read and understand. I gave this book 5/5 stars and would recommend it to teachers of elementary age students studying Churchill, England history or the war.