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War Dogs: Churchill and Rufus [Hardcover]

Kathryn Selbert

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Book Description

Feb. 1 2013
Winston Churchill, the prime minister of England during World War II, was one of the greatest wartime leaders of the modern era. While he is often likened to the English bulldog due to his tenacious personality and even his physical resemblance to the breed, Mr. Churchill was actually a devoted poodle owner and held quite an affinity for his miniature poodle, Rufus, who withstood the trials of World War II by his owner’s side.

Readers follow Rufus and Winston’s friendship through major events in World War II—from the bombings of London and the invasion of Normandy to post-war reconstruction. Secondary text includes quotes from Churchill himself—taken from his rousing speeches to the people of England and to the world. Backmatter includes a timeline of World War II, an author’s note about Churchill’s pets, as well as a short biography, quote sources, and a list of recommended resources for further study.

In her debut picture book, Kathryn Selbert has created a unique look at a significant historical figure and period in world history.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (Feb. 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580894143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580894142
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 27.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,773,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about Churchill May 24 2013
By Irene's Christian 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling history with two great war dogs April 25 2013
By Peggy Tibbetts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was a tenacious leader through World War II. A champion of the people, they called him the British Bulldog. Contrary to popular belief, Churchill never owned a bulldog. He preferred the company of brown miniature poodles.

"War Dogs" is the story of the British Bulldog's leadership during World War II as seen through the eyes of his faithful comrade, Rufus, a brown miniature poodle. When Churchill was hard at work in the bunker under the city of London, or speaking at the House of Commons, or walking the bomb-damaged streets, Rufus was there by his side. Through the trials and tribulations of war, Rufus offered the kind of comfort and companionship only man's best friend could give. Selected quotations from Churchill's speeches appear on the pages like notes pinned to a bulletin board. They reveal the British Bulldog's enduring love for the people and his compassion for their suffering, whether citizens or soldiers. Kathryn Selbert's method of presenting the war from a dog's point of view is uniquely charming.

Selbert's acrylic and collage 2-page spreads depict the scope and drama of the British defense against the German invasion, as well as the love and devotion between Rufus and Churchill. End pages include a World War II timeline, more back story about Churchill and his poodles, plus many more resources about Churchill and World War II. Join this irresistible pair of "War Dogs" for a compelling journey through World War II history.

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