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The Donkey of Gallipoli
A True Story of Courage in World War I

by Mark Greenwood
Illustrated by Frané Lessac

      Jack Simpson always had a special ability, or gift, with animals, especially donkeys. When he enlists as a stretcher bearer in World War I, his gentle way with those animals soon leads him to his calling. Braving the dangers of the battlefields of Gallipoli in Turkey, Jack brings a donkey to the aid of the Allied soldiers as he transports the wounded and medical supplies.

Both Jack and his donkey found a spot in the history books for the assistance they provided in helping 300 men during the nearly month-long battle.

Here's a way to get young readers interested in world history and the sacrifices made by some individuals on the field of battle. This engaging true tale is accompanied by a map and brief biographies of other key characters in the story besides Jack.

The Book

Candlewick Press
May 27, 2008
Children Non Fiction / Ages 6 and up
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The Reviewer

Bob Walch
Reviewed 2008
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