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

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  242 Ratings  ·  83 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-tailedterrier, worked behind enemy lines, and gained military honors along the way. Private RobertConroy casually adopted the orphan pup while attending basic training on the campus of Yale University ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by National Geographic Children's Books
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Apr 12, 2016 Shirley rated it it was amazing
J. Robert Conroy, a Connecticut National Guardsman, and Stubby, a stray Boston terrier, developed a lifelong bond that took them to the French war zones of World War I.

The author, Ann Bausum, takes the reader on a historical tour of World War I through the eyes of a soldier and his dog. Bausum shares some unexpected humanity at the end of the war when she describes enemies swapping souvenirs. Soldiers who had fought each other found themselves helping in the search and rescue of soldiers from b
Jan 24, 2016 Mouse rated it really liked it
I stumbled across this book at the library while looking for easy reading books for my 6 year old. It seemed so fascinating and I just had to check it out! I read through this in a couple of hours but I shared some of it with my kid and even my wife.

World War 1 was so different from any other war and the use of technology and warfare was so different all around. Just imagine these soldiers (with the most basic of training) being there dug in these trenches wearing no type of body armor, no real
Amanda Harris
Oct 07, 2015 Amanda Harris rated it it was amazing
Ann Bausum tells an amazing, yet kind of unbelievable story of Stubby, a dog who became an American war hero and truly beloved by the whole nation. Previous to 1917, there is no known information about Stubby. Where he came from, what his prior experiences were, or whom he belonged to.

The story goes that Stubby, a "stray dog with a stub of a tail already lived around the athletic stadium of Yale University in the spring of 1917." During this time, the United States joined the fight that would l
I'm very impressed not only with this book but with its backstory as well, how the author came to believe the story of Stubby and to write it. The fascinating true story of a man and a stray dog who became a war hero in WWI. This book is well-written, historical, non-fiction and a good way for kids to learn about WWI in a unique way. Ann Bausum , on hearing the story at first didn't think it could be true, but soon learned there was incredible evidence to back up this great story.

A young man at
Sep 23, 2014 M. rated it really liked it
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
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
May 30, 2015 Sammy rated it really liked it
Shelves: choices, information
If you have a love for animals and war stories this is a wonderful one to read. Recommended for grades 3-5 it is a story that can be tied into a history class easily or paired with other books well. For Read on Wisconsin we paired this book with Lulu and the Dog from the Sea because there was a theme of animal heroes that could be played up.

This is not a sad story about a brave war dog it is an inspiring stroy about a smart well loved war dog. Stubby gets to live an amazing life and not only he
A great deal of research went into this book and the primary source quotations, pictures and artifacts help tell the tale.
Tracy E.
Sep 21, 2014 Tracy E. rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 11, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing
An outstanding chronicle of Stubby, the hero dog of World War I. Bausum's compelling narrative is throughly documented and illustrated with primary resources. This is an inspiring dog tale, but also an unusual perspective to an important period of American history.
Penny Peck
Dec 11, 2014 Penny Peck rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-ya
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
May 30, 2014 Cemeread rated it really liked it
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
Oct 24, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Jul 21, 2015 Jesse rated it it was amazing
I love reading teen nonfiction, and with a summer reading program all about heroes, how could I not read about Stubby?

While this is Stubby's story, it's impossible to tell in a vacuum, so there is plenty of information on his friend J. Robert Conroy and World War I in general. Copious photographs and anecdotes make the story relatable. The cherry on top, for me, was the back matter. There are research notes, citations, bibliography, and an index, in addition to recommended resources for further
Jul 12, 2015 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-nonfiction, dogs
An excellent example of historical writing. I was awe-struck by how much research this author did to make sure her story of Stubby was as close to truth as possible. She explains her process in the "Research Notes" after Stubby's story. Stubby was an amazing dog, and his story deserves to be shared from generation to generation. Not only is the writing excellent, but the author has included period photos, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia throughout the book. The appendices include a tim ...more
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Jan 13, 2015 IndyPL Kids Book Blog rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Neil Coulter
Jul 26, 2015 Neil Coulter rated it really liked it
After reading (and viewing) War Horse with the kids recently, I was looking at the children's nonfiction section at the public library for books about World War I. I came across this one and it looked like a fun book to read with the kids. I hadn't heard about Stubby before, but the story is great. The book includes a lot of details about the War, though I wished it had a bit more about the reasons for the War, and some maps of the places Stubby visited while in Europe. But the book is nicely de ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
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
Feb 26, 2015 Jenna rated it really liked it
Twin Text: Darling, Mercy Dog of World war I by Alison Hart

I paired these two books together because of the fact that they both have to deal with World War I, but they also have to deal with dogs as helpers with the war effort. With this nonfiction text being so specific(dogs, and WWI), there were a lot of options I could've paired it with. The story of Darling stood out the most though due to the fact that Darling was a mercy dog who lead medics to injured soldiers. That sounded like a interest
Jun 17, 2014 Peacegal rated it really liked it
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
Jun 24, 2014 Margie rated it it was amazing
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
May 22, 2014 Claire rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 09, 2014 Jason rated it really liked it
thoroughly researched and fascinating!
Feb 26, 2015 Sunday rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 11, 2015 Paula rated it really liked it
This MSBA nominee tells the story of a stray dog who accompanies a soldier across the ocean and into the battlefield of WWI. I think the realities of war are glossed over a bit, but the intended audience can infer how brave Stubby must have been- along with the thousands of Doughboys who fought and died in the No Man's Land of France. Again-it takes a picture book to teach me about something I think I should have known about in our history! Very good book!
Jul 27, 2014 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 16, 2016 Alice rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-75-stars
3.75 stars Would you believe that I was directed to Stubby via the Travel Channels "Mysteries at the Museum"I thought "That would make a great children's book" well it has been. I was guided to this book and there is another picture book I want to read. I liked the details and information of the book but I felt like it needed more story telling and less non-fiction. Yes, I like non-fiction a lot, but it felt a little stale. I still liked the story and the account! Worth reading...even if you ...more
Eric Moote
Oct 29, 2015 Eric Moote rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Dog lovers, historians and WWI buffs.
Recommended to Eric by: Arapahoe Library
Shelves: non-fiction
Overall: a no fuss no muss review of a dog's heroic life almost 100 years ago.

I know it's difficult to find out details about WWI soldiers, but when I saw this book, I somehow thought it would be more. It needed more fluff, but I understand that information is just not out there. It's a clear, concise retelling of one dog's life (and his handlers) before, during and after WWI.

I would recommend this to: dog lovers, historians and WWI buffs.
Aug 20, 2015 Coleen rated it really liked it
This book was on my granddaughter's summer reading list, although there were two Stubby books and we checked both out of the library. The first one was an easier read, and interested both of us in 'Stubby'. This second book was over my granddaughter's reading level, but still of interest to both of us, with more detail and more actual photos. Possibly by fifth or sixth grade, she could read it herself.
Karen Arendt
Jun 08, 2014 Karen Arendt rated it really liked it
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.
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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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