Nubs is a small, dock-eared dog who barely survives in the western Iraqi desert. He befriends Major Brian Dennis who is stationed there training Iraqi soldiers. Nubs gets so attached to Major Dennis that he follows his military vehicles across seventy miles of harsh desert. Unfortunately having a dog is against the rules – he has to go! To save Nubs the marines raise money to send him back to San Diego, via Jordan. This heartwarming true story is illustrated with photographs of Nubs as he goes from a desperate stray to a loved and loving family member.
War can be a difficult subject to discuss with children. Children who have the misfortune to live in a war zone and others whose lives force them to be aware of its tragic realities, may find more comfort in and be better served through books about something happier. Young people will have to learn about war and its horrors at some point to become responsible and educated adults, but it is debatable when that point is. Usually the point is not reached in books for the picture book crowd. So the problem remains for children of military personnel of how to talk about war at a level that small children can handle. Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle introduces younger children to the War in Iraq in a digestible and non-threatening way. For children whose parents have been to war, they can see what the terrain and surroundings look like. The book talks about MREs (prepackaged Meals Ready to Eat) and gives examples of emails the he sent home, which is how real military people communicate with their families at home.
This nonfiction book can be shared by children aged around four and up.
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