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This story is based on the true experiences of a remarkable horse called Bess, one of 10,000 NZ horses sent overseas to battle in World War One. Tragically, at the end of the war the horses could not return to New Zealand due to quarantine laws and a shortage of ships. Luckily for Bess, her master battled to have her returned home. She was quarantined with three other hors ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 2019 by Scholastic New Zealand Limited
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Bookrapt
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This hardback children's picture book tells the true story of Bess, one of thousands of horses who were taken by troopship from New Zealand to North Africa where New Zealand troops were involved in World War 1, the Great War.

Life for Bess in Egypt was very different – desert sand rather than grass, camels, gun practice and finally, machine-gun fire and an infantry charge. After the war was over, only four of all the horses who had left New Zealand were allowed to return.

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Bess grew up in Martinborough, happy and healthy and surrounded by other horses in grassy paddocks. Things changed for Bess in 1914 when a man named Captain Guy Powles chose her to take him into battle in the Great War.

Bess endured seven weeks on a rolling ship, crammed into stalls with 400 other horses. Her destination was the hot, sandy shores of Egypt, but she was relieved to finally get onto dry land.

Her Captain arrived and they were soon deep in training for the Desert fighting they were ab
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Anne
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It can be difficult to transform a fiction novel or non-fiction text into a picture book. However this reincarnation of Bess from the earlier novel Brave Bess and the Anzac horses is a great success. It keeps the story of our Kiwi horses sent to war complete despite the change of format. The illustrations are just right.
Desna
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Picture book dealing with the First World War and a particular but very brave horse named Bess. Great for older readers. Beautifully illustrated with atmosphere and realistic images.
Rebekah Fraser
During World War One, New Zealand sent some 10,000 horses overseas to battle.

The true experiences of one of these remarkable horses, Bess, is explored in this new picture book.

Written by accomplished author Susan Brocker, Bess The Brave War Horse follows Bess from New Zealand, to war in the Middle East, and back again.

Read full review here: https://www.nzbooklovers.co.nz/blog/b...
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Susan Brocker is the award-winning author of books for older children and teens. She lives in New Zealand on a small farm with her horses and many pets. Her close affinity and love of animals shines through in much of her writing. She also has a history degree and a great love of social history that is often reflected in her books.


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