The Donkey of Gallipoli by Mark Greenwood
A True Story of Courage in World War I

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Two unlikely heroes rescue hundreds of men wounded in war in a poignant picture book based on a true tale of World War I.

When Jack Simpson was a boy in England, he loved leading donkeys along the beach for a penny a ride. So when he enlists as a stretcher bearer in World War I, his gentle way with those animals soon leads him to his calling. Braving bullets and bombs on the battlefields of Gallipoli, Jack brings a donkey to the aid of 300 Allied soldiers — earning both man and donkey a beloved spot in legend. This engaging nonfiction tale includes a map and brief bios of key characters.

About Mark Greenwood

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Mark Greenwood and Frané Lessac are a husband-and-wife team living in Australia. Mark Greenwood is an award-winning children's author. Frané Lessac, the author-illustrator of ISLAND COUNTING 1 2 3, has illustrated numerous award-winning books.
Published May 27, 2008 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Children's Books.

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As a lad in England, Jack Simpson worked at a beachfront donkey ride—an experience that came in handy years later when, as an ANZAC stretcher-bearer, he discovered a donkey cowering in a Turkish gully.

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Often cheerless, this tribute to a WWI foot soldier and the donkey he used to evacuate the wounded doesn't shy away from representing the grimness of war.

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