Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero (Hardcover)

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By Patricia McCormick, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)
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The inspiring true story of Reckless, the brave little horse who became a Marine.

When a group of US Marines fighting in the Korean War found a bedraggled mare, they wondered if she could be trained to as a packhorse. They had no idea that the skinny, underfed horse had one of the biggest and bravest hearts they’d ever known. And one of the biggest appetites!

Soon Reckless 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 ever to officially hold military rank—becoming Sgt. Reckless—and receive two Purple Hearts.

This is the first picture book from award-winning novelist Patricia McCormick, sumptuously illustrated by acclaimed artist Iacopo Bruno.

Praise For…

★ “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.”

★ “A rousing success. An engaging slice of history.”

“[An] intriguing historical tale of an underdog. A warm human (and horse) interest story that feels fresh off a newsreel.”

“Excellent. This well-illustrated war story will appeal to many, especially fans of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse. A strong selection.”


“A lively look at wartime animal heroism.”

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780062292599
ISBN-10: 0062292595
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Pages: 40
Language: English