Monday, June 13, 2011

Nubs:The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle - Book Introduction

Book Introduction

Grab the tissue box for this one, friends. No matter how many times the Queen read this book, a lump formed in her throat and those tears would flood her eyes when she came to the part where Nubs arrives in his new home. Yep, every time. The Queen is a softie at heart. 
Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031605318X

Story told by: Major Brian Dennis   Written by: Kirby Larson   Photography: Mary Nethery

This true account of a Marine and his friendship with the Iraqi war-dog Nubs. Here, my friends, is a story with lots of take away value and a bounty of discussion possibilities. 

The premise behind the story: How far would you go to find a friend?

A marine in Iraq befriends a stray dog despite U.S Military General Order 1A, which forbids American soldiers and Marines in war zones from taking action to rescue and care for animals in distress. When Major Dennis was told he must get rid of the dog, he begins a rescue mission to save the stray. 

Nubs- so called because of his cut ears- was a dog for war; fierce, wild and trained to fight. Yet this same dog chose to love and live in peace. He became so attached to Major Dennis he followed his unit 70 miles across the desert to be with him. Amazing story. Dog lovers will need tissue! And plenty of them.


Check out this video trailer about the book. Later, I'll share more videos from this touching story and others like it. Come back Wednesday for Adventure Activities to learn more.




The Queen's Take:
Even those who come from bad circumstances can choose the higher road. Nubs wanted to be with Major Dennis and followed him 70 miles across the dessert. Major Dennis could have chased away the dog, but chose instead to help. He raised money to send the dog home. 

Discussion Questions:
1. How do you feel about the Military's stand on not allowing soldiers to rescue and keeps dogs?
2. How far do you think you would travel to reach a friend?
3. What does it mean to be a true friend?
4. Who do you have in your life that you would call a true friend? 

Come back Wednesday for more activities and to learn about an organization called, SPCA International and what the are doing to help soldiers rescue their canine and feline friends from the war zone. 

Friday, in the Author's Arena, meet Major Dennis, Kirby Larson and  Mary Nethery, who worked together to put this great story together. 

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