Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Lilttle Horse Who Became a Hero.
The inspiring true story of the brave little mare that became a marine—the first picture book from award-winning novelist Patricia McCormick, gorgeously illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
When a group of U.S. Marines fighting in the Korean War found a bedraggled little mare, they wondered if she could be trained as a packhorse. They had no idea that the skinny, underfed horse had one of the biggest and bravest hearts they’d ever know. And one of the biggest appetites!
Soon she showed herself more than willing to carry ammunition too heavy for the soldiers to haul. As cannons thundered and shells flew through the air, she marched into battle—again and again—becoming the only animal to ever officially hold military rank and receive two Purple Hearts.
Patricia McCormick is a former journalist and a two-time National Book Award finalist whose books include Cut, Sold, Never Fall Down, The Plot to Kill Hitler, and the young readers’ edition of I Am Malala. Sold, based on McCormick’s research in the brothels of India, was made into a feature film.
Iacopo Bruno is a graphic designer and illustrator. He is also the illustrator of Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery That Baffled All of France. He lives in Milan, Italy.
Ages 6 to 10, Grades 1 to 5 40 pages
What people are saying:
“Vividly brings to life the story of Sergeant Reckless, the only animal to officially hold military rank in the United States. This endearing story of wartime camaraderie won’t soon be forgotten.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A rousing success. An engaging slice of history.” -Booklist (starred review)
“[An] intriguing historical tale of an underdog. A warm human (and horse) interest story that feels fresh off a newsreel.” -Kirkus Reviews
“Excellent. This well-illustrated war story will appeal to many, especially fans of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse. A strong selection.” -School Library Journal