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Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I's Bravest Dog

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  122 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Move over, Rin Tin Tin. Here comes Sgt. Stubby! That German shepherd star of the silver screen may have been born behind enemy lines during World War I, but Stubby, the stump-tailed
terrier, worked behind enemy lines, and gained military honors along the way. Private Robert
Conroy casually adopted the orphan pup while attending basic training on the campus of Yale University
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Hardcover, 80 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by National Geographic Children's Books
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Tracy E. Hieatt
Sep 21, 2014 Tracy E. Hieatt rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Beautiful, moving, recaptured story of a WWI war hero, thoroughly researched and documented by Bausum. A great mix of text and graphics, including collected memorabilia from J. Robert Conroy, his human companion. Bausum builds a narrative that stays on task with just enough background and related info. Love it.
Sunday
Bausum is a "go-to" author for savvy intermediate and middle grade students. Recommended for independent reading in grades 4-8. Readers will fall in love with Stubby and his heroism and loyalty to his guardian and the unit he served during World War I. There's a lot of room for thinking about these themes as well as others - endurance, perseverance and so forth. As usual, Bausum's research seems to be thorough - there is a lot of language that conveys "probability" versus actual facts; in other ...more
M.
True story of Stubby, a mutt adopted by a young soldier in Connecticut, who was smuggled aboard the soldier's transport ship on its way to the European front in 1918. Stubby became the mascot of the 102nd Infantry and was the most decorated dog in US service in that war. Stubby served in over a dozen battles, comforted the injured and the sick, carried messages, found the wounded, and was wounded himself. He even learned to salute.

When the war was over and Stubby and his master came home, he par
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Becky B
Stubby is a tough little dog who adopted American soldier J. Robert Conroy during basic training. When Conroy deployed to Europe for WWI, Stubby snuck over with him and quickly earned his stripes by helping the unit as only a canine could.

Everyone loves a hero, especially one that's furry. One century later, Stubby continues to be a great WWI ambassador. This book is a nice "light" way to educate kids and preteens about WWI. It covers the basics but keeps the gore to the minimum. The dangers of
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Beth
A great deal of research went into this book and the primary source quotations, pictures and artifacts help tell the tale.
Penny Peck
Young people learn very little about WWI in school, so this is a great way to introduce the subject. Bausum gives just enough information on why the war started, the U.S. involvement, and other background material but it doesn't overwhelm the main story of Stubby. This dog was found by his owner at college, and Stubby went with him everywhere, including to the Army and aboard the troop ship to France. Stubby distinguished himself on the battlefield and later gained more fame in vaudeville and as ...more
Cemeread
This is a great choice for core reading. Stubby was an American dog smuggled onboard a ship bond for World War I by soldiers. The book presents a nice mix of Stubby's life and history, mostly from the war, which will engage more readers. The soldier Stubby adopted, Robert Conroy, kept a scrap book for Stubby so there are photographs and memorabilia included from it along with photos from the war (no battle or gruesome scenes). Learn how Stubby became part of the Yankee division, helped the soldi ...more
Michael
A grizzled veteran in a uniform drippoing with medals marches in a parade for a war long since ended. Kids who weren't even born when he fought, took a hunk of shrapnel in the chest, single-handedly captured an enemy soldier, and saved a comrade in the middle of a fierce battle strain to see. He marches in step with his unit, snaps his head around on the command "Eyes right", and stops and salutes the superior officer reviewing the parade. Then he drops back to all four feet, his tongue hangs ou ...more
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
American soldier J. Robert Conroy befriended a stray dog with a stumpy tail while training to fight overseas in WWI. They bonded so closely that Conroy smuggled him to Europe, where Stubby accompanied Conroy’s regiment on the Western Front, lending both his superior olfactory senses and amiable temperament to the war effort.

Conroy kept a scrapbook for Stubby. This book is FULL of great photos from it as well as remembrances from the people who were Stubby’s friends. Dog is definitely man’s best
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Kelly Tromburg Frisk
After reading War Dogs, I was doing some random text set searching and came across this nonfiction book. It is the true story of a stray dog who wondered into the Yale athletic stadium and was befriended by James Robert Conroy, a 25 yr. old enlisted man participating in military training exercises in the Spring of 1917. "Stubby" was so liked by all the troops,that he was smuggled overseas to be a mascot for the war effort.

The photographs and artifacts make this book come alive. You will feel th
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Peacegal
This is an informative, nicely presented book that should appeal to reluctant readers as well as anyone interested in dogs or WWI.

Stubby served as a beloved mascot and morale booster during this especially difficult conflict, and came home to a hero's welcome.

The author correctly identifies Stubby as a dog of unknown lineage, but most likely Boston terrier; modern pit bull advocates often try to recast the dog as a pit bull or Staffordshire, often using photos that don't have reference points th
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Margie
You will have to look long and hard to find loyalty as strong. In a heartbeat they will put themselves in harm's way to protect you. Their love is flawless; unfailing until their final breath. All humans fortunate to have canine friends know this to be true but each time a story is told or written and read, respect for them swells.
To know all these traits continue even on the battlefields of war is incredible. Award-winning nonfiction author, Ann Bausum, shines the light on the accomplishments o
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Claire
I really enjoyed this story of Stubby, the dog adopted by Private J. Robert Conroy at Yale University while he was training for WWI. The men in Conroy's unit also grew to love Stubby, and they smuggled him aboard the train and then the ship to France when the unit was deployed. When confronted with the commanding officer, Stubby saluted him and the rest is history. The photos and journal entries really enhanced the story. Lots of well documented research by the author. A quick and enjoyable non- ...more
Bonnie
While Stubby is definitely the star of this book, I liked it largely because the text of both the book and the introduction (by the grandson of Stubby's handler) are warm and clearly written, particularly about the war. It was easy to follow not only Stubby's story, but the events of World War I as they related to his adventures. Fans of Nubs and other books about hero dogs will enjoy Stubby's story as will those interested in first-hand accounts of WWI.
Karen Arendt
This was a very interesting story about Stubby, the dog from WWI, but also about his own, J. Robert Conroy. The book will appeal to dog lovers and WWI fans alike. Perhaps most interesting to me, though, was the author's note about how she came across the idea for the story and her endeavors to research the history of Stubby. An excellent book that can be used as part of research projects.
Brenda Kahn
I'm a sucker for a good dog story, especially dogs who serve. I'm also highly interested in the first world war. This kid version of Stubby's story is engaging and accessible, accompanied by many well-captioned photographs. A timeline, extensive bibliography and source notes are also provided. Great addition to any collection.
Martha
Jul 08, 2014 Martha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Alice, Librariansteph, Marti, Elissa, Nadine
Shelves: 5-8-non-fiction
A fascinating glimpse into World War I and the life of a military dog, Stubby whose owner carefully chronicled his dog's rise to fame. Full of primary sources with photos of Stubby and his owner abroad fighting the Great War, this should have great appeal with young readers interested in either war stories, dogs or both.
Laura Phelps
Fascinating and fabulous true story of a dog that accompanied a soldier during World War I. The author uses primary sources (including some wonderful photos) and has carefully researched and cited her work. This is great for reluctant (and voracious) readers of all ages!

Kenneth Peck
What a wonderful story of a stray Dog that brought happiness to soldiers in the Trenches of WWI and even captured a German Soldier on his own! Stubby was the first known Dog to be awarded the Purple Heart for surviving a Gas attack and a Wound Chevron for Shrapnel Wounds!
Lynn
Engaging and well written, this book captivated me with the story of a truly remarkable dog. This could also be a textbook example of how to write outstanding attributions and the author note at the end relates Bausman's detailed careful research. Outstanding source notes and resources.
Chris
True story based on the life of one of the most famous dogs that served during WWI. It is obvious that extensive research went into this book, but it is still very readable for students. An array of photos and a timeline add to the pulling interest of the book.
Patricia
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World War I dog who becomes a mascot for his unit. Manages to impart the horrors of war without scarring the children who will read this for either research or pleasure. Good text-to-picture ratio and compelling story.
Kim
I love a great dog book. This one definitely was worthwhile read. It's so difficult to find books on WWI. I'm excited to share this book in my library. It will appeal to kids who like to read about war as well as my animal lovers.
Sierraprice
This was a very interesting read about how one dog changed the way wars were fought, and how dogs can be a great help to soldiers in time of war. Stubby was a hero, and people are still appreciating his bravery to this day.
Jessica
This is a very interesting WWI story about a dog that helped behind the front lines. A great non-fiction middle level book. I'd recommend this for children who are interested in WWI, and animal stories.
Ms. Mielke's Class
Stubby The War Dog was a good book, but it wasn't the best. This book was about a dog that was in World War One and became very decorated. I would recommend this book to anyone. DV
Susan
Sep 29, 2014 Susan added it
Had seen the program on Nat Geo channel. Book was well done, but perhaps a little too much for elementary level, which is where I found it. Interesting for history buffs, or animal lovers.
Ann
Stubby the War Dog! You are the best war dog. I like that your jacket was custom sewn for you by some french ladies and also your appearance in vaudeville shows.
Naomi
Loved this high quality book by National Geographic. Def. for the older reader, but as an adult, I was fascinated by it. Loaded with pictures of Stubby and WWI
Genie Bishop
I don't usually like war stories but since the focus in this book was the dog I totally enjoyed it. Stubby was a wonderful dog and so smart.
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Ann Bausum writes about U.S. history for young people from her home in Beloit, Wisconsin. Her 2007 book Muckrakers earned the Golden Kite Award as best nonfiction book of the year from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Freedom Riders (2006) gained Sibert Honor designation from the American Library Association and With Courage and Cloth (2004) received the Jane Addams Childre ...more
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