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

by Patricia McCormick

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The inspiring true story of Reckless, the brave little horse who became a Marine. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It's a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children. 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.… (more)
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Interesting, good story, and wow, the things that happen in war would be hard to make up. Don't feed your horse these things at home. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
Sergeant Reckless is the only animal to earn a military rank. This is a picture book about a horse, Reckless, who earned two purple hearts while serving in the US Marine Corp during the Korean war. Reckless had a appetite like none other. Once she was feed she was ready to serve. Carrying ammunition too heavy for the soldiers, while cannons and other sounds of war raged around her.
  MelissaSweeney | Jul 27, 2021 |
A great story to introduce young readers to the Korean War, Sergeant Reckless is the tale of a young mare adopted by U.S. Marines to help carry ammunition. She proved her bravery and devotion, marching into battle time and again, and became the only animal to ever hold a military rank. Includes Author’s Note, Selected Biography.
  NCSS | Jul 23, 2021 |
A group of US Marines fighting in the Korean War were exhausted! They needed a mule to help them carry the heavy ammunition uphill to the new cannon nicknamed "reckless". A small red mare who was skinny and not impressive was all they could find. They put "Private Reckless" into training. She had to learn to kneel, retreat and to follow. She gobbled up any treats they gave her and she especially liked chocolate! Finally she was reading to carry ammunition up the hill. She LOVED food and had a big appetite. She worked hard in many fights, but the Battle of Outpost Vegas was her most important mission. It changed the course of the war and she was a key element to their success! After the war, they managed to get her shipped to the US. What a great story of the bond between animals and humans. The illustrations are intricate and detailed and the reader comes to know Sergeant Reckless' personality and the bond between the marines and the horse is unmistakable. Students in grades 1-5 will enjoy reading about this hard working horse. This book also lends itself to deepening the understanding of the Korean War as part of social studies.
  Michelle_Hupperten | Jul 30, 2020 |
This book is about a group of US Marines that were fighting in the Korean War and they found a mare. She was very skinny and bad shape. But she had the bravest heart. She was the only animal to ever hold military rank. ( )
  mnh98 | Nov 19, 2018 |
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The inspiring true story of Reckless, the brave little horse who became a Marine. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It's a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children. 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.

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