The Eternal Soldier: The True Story of How a Dog Became a Civil War Hero By Allison Crotzer Kimmel


Back of Book:
During the Civil War, Sallie came to the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry as a gift from a townsperson, but she quickly became a favorite among her men. She marched with them from battle to battle, always guarding the unit’s colors, and even met President Lincoln. And over three long days at the battle of Gettysburg, Sallie stayed with the dead, guarded their bodies, and nearly died herself from hunger and thirst as the conflict raged on. Though she fell in battle, her loyalty was rewarded years later when her men met again on the battlefield at Gettysburg to erect her likeness in bronze so that she might eternally guard them. This beautiful story about a dog’s dedication and loyalty shows that bravery comes in all shapes and forms!
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Little Bee Books in exchange for an honest review.
I loved reading this touching story about how a little dog fought in the Civil War. Sallie quickly stole the hearts of everyone she met. I loved that the text is written in a first-person narrative. It allows readers to see how connected Sallie was to the soldiers she protected. The illustrations by Rotem Templow are a beautiful blend of soft colors that draw readers into the pages. The back of the book has more information about Sallie as well as a photo of the troops who marched with her.
This is a perfect book to share with any Civil War or history unit. It shows students the untold look at how a little dog impacted a group of men forever!
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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