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Publisher's Note:

In this colorfully illustrated children's book we follow Wilson, a spunky Siberian Husky, as he leaves his home and family behind to go on a unique mission to assist the U.S. military with their search and rescue operations. But will he ever see his home or family again? Based on the real events and war dogs of WWII.…

The Dog Who Flew

by Samantha McCrary

Overall Book Review:

“Service Before Self” is a motto often used by those who serve in the military.  This is an amazing story of a man and his dog who both served during World War II and gave of themselves for their country.  Leaving the comfort of their home, they each served in their own unit.  Pack and sled dogs were used for search and recovery operations and saved a lot of lives.  In Wilson’s unit, there were more dogs (known today as K9s) than people.  How cool is that? 

This story, based on actual history, has a happy ending so no tissues required.  The pacing is comfortable and would make an excellent read aloud for the entire family.  It’s also a great lesson for life: when you know you have something to offer, be willing to step up and give of yourself, even in small ways.  This story is well worth the time and effort to read.  

This book was supplied by the author for review.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  Mention of multiple crashed airplanes, no details; an injured man, no details, no blood. 

Sex/Nudity:  None 

Mature Subject Matter:

WWII, leaving home for war, parachuting dogs, crashed airplanes.

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About the Reviewer

Reading a good adventure story has always been a vacation in the theater of my mind. When I’m stressed or just need to get away for a few minutes, I love the opportunity to climb into somebody else’s world. I didn’t enjoy reading until I was in the Air Force and building bombs in Korea; it was a wonderful distraction from the real world. (I tried bull riding, but it wasn’t exciting enough.)