|Eternal soldier : the true story of how a dog became a Civil War hero|
Author: Kimmel, Allison Crotzer
The untold story of Sallie, a dog whose life as a soldier began in a basket and ended as a Civil War hero.
School Library Journal (06/01/19)
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School Library Journal - 06/01/2019 Gr 1–3—Kimmel presents the story of Sallie, a bull terrier puppy found in a basket by a Union soldier during the Civil War. Sallie eventually became a member of the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, earning the respect and love of the soldiers as well as President Lincoln. She played an even more pivotal role during the Battle of Gettysburg when despite the danger, she stayed and watched over wounded members of the infantry. After this act of bravery, she became a fixture during the war even after she passed away. More than 25 years later, the remaining members of the 11th erected a commemorative statue that people still visit today. The illustrations evoke the texture of a soft and sweet dog, ready to jump off the page as if readers' could pat Sallie through the pages. The sharp attention to detail on the uniforms and daily goings-on breathes life into Sallie and the 11th's story. The details are more subdued during the battle scenes and while the color change shows the severity of the situation, it is an appropriate introduction to the Civil War for young elementary readers. The book features a detailed author's note that provides more insight as to how Sallie got her name and more details about her life as a Union soldier dog. VERDICT A wonderful addition to children's nonfiction collections where war stories and animals are popular.—Molly Dettmann, Norman North High School, OK - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 09/01/2019 Based on a true story of the Civil War, this is the tale of Sallie, a brindle bull terrier pup, who became the mascot for the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Always stalwart, Sallie accompanied her unit into battle, standing firm beside the unnamed color guard who tells the story. Sallie’s true test came during the Battle of Gettysburg when her companion fell wounded, along with a host of others, and Sallie refused to leave their sides, licking the wounds of the living and guarding the bodies of the dead. Two years later, Sallie died in the line of duty, mourned by the men of the 11th. Twenty-five years passed before a monument was dedicated at Gettysburg, and at its base sits a bronze statue of faithful Sallie. Teplow’s nicely realized illustrations do an excellent job of expanding the text and putting faces to Sallie and her men of the 11th Volunteer Infantry. The narrative text is informative but engaging, appearing primarily as small paragraphs placed against a full-page illustration. A moving historical tail—er, tale. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.