Extraordinary Animal Heroes (Download)

Extraordinary Animal Heroes (Download)


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For Grades 6 - 8

Extraordinary Animal Heroes: Notable Lives from History is a fun and engaging reader for students or anyone with a love for animal heroes. Explore the lives and accomplishments of 10 remarkable animals from history. These fascinating stories incorporate well for students in grades 6-8 in many areas of study including history, language arts, vocabulary words and definitions, and cultural insights.

A Look Inside

SKU K362-9
Manufacturer Master Books
Title Extraordinary Animal Heroes
Subtitle Notable Lives from History
Series What A Character! Notable Lives from History
Contributors Marilyn Boyer
Page Count 136
Publisher New Leaf Publishing Group, LLC

Meet unforgettable people and animals in the What a Character! Notable Lives from History series as you enjoy 10 real stories within each book!

Designed to be fun and engaging for students or anyone with a love for history, these readers include a fascinating focus on important, influential, and visionary people, along with heroic animal escapades! From scientists to famous women to war heroes and more, there is something of interest for everyone in this exciting series!

This volume, Extraordinary Animal Heroes, is recommended for Grade 6 and up and includes:

  • Seargeant Stubby, the dog
  • Murphy, the donkey
  • Balto, the dog
  • Cher Ami, the pigeon
  • Tipperary Beauty, the dog
  • Wojtek, the bear
  • Judy, the dog
  • Sergeat Reckless, the horse
  • Chips, the dog
  • Smoky, the dog

Each book can be read in any order and includes colorful and fun images. Definitions are included to help readers learn the new words they will discover. Read for enjoyment or as an extension of your history, science, or language arts curriculum.

Table of Contents

  • World War I
    • 1. Murphy, the Donkey Who Carried the Wounded
    • 2. Sergeant Stubby, the Dog Who Caught a German Spy
    • 3. Cher Ami, the Pigeon Who Saved the Lost Battalion
  • The Alaskan Black Death
    • 4. Balto — The Dog Who Saved Nome
  • World War II
    • 5. Tipperary Beauty, the Dog Who Rescued Pets
    • 6. Judy, the Dog Who Became a Prisoner
    • 7. Chips, the Dog Who Disabled a Machine Gun Nest
    • 8. Smoky, the Dog Who Strung Telephone Wires
    • 9. Wojtek, the Bear Who Went to War
  • The Korean War
    • 10. Sergeant Reckless, the Horse Who Carried Ammo and the Wounded
  • Glossary
  • Corresponding Curriculum
  • Endnotes
Famous animals
Review by Laura
This book is a fantastic addition to history curriculum. Each animal in this book has a short & easy to read story about their part in history. Any words that might be a challenge to young readers are defined right on the page. The illustrations are fun & help kids stay engaged to the story. This book can be used for pure enjoyment or an add on to curriculum. A list of Master Books curriculum that would be good to use this book with is included.
Great Addition to the collection
Review by Ashley
This book is about extraordinary animals. It gives you information on 4 different time periods: World War 1, the Alaskan Black Death, World War 2, and the Korean War. In each part, there were animals that did amazing things to help. In WW1 you have 4 animals, one in the Alaskan Black Death, 5 in WW2 and another one in the Korean War. That gives you 10 animals that did something amazing. At the end of the book you have your glossary, a list of corresponding curriculums, and an end note to the book. In each chapter, you will see the vocabulary words that are listed in the glossary in blue words. The illustrations in the book are colorful and cute.
The animals that are talked about in this book, you have the chance to read their stories and how they helped people out during that time period. I truly love this book and can't wait for another one to come out.
Great new addition to this series!
Review by Crystal
We have loved all the books from this new Master Books series, and this one is no exception! We all love animals and have been enjoying the stories about animal heroes. I love how the stories are so interesting and add in neat details to the history that we have been studying. Whether read alone by the student, or together as a read aloud, everyone has fun facts to pass on to others.

I love how so many new vocabulary words are introduced throughout the stories. While the meaning can often be deduced in the context of the sentence, the definition is also placed on the page to help. I love these books, my kids love them too, and we look forward to more releases like these!
Perfect Blend of History and Animals
Review by Lexie
Extraordinary Animal Heroes is an adorable book that does a great job at teaching history through stories of animals. The book is divided into 4 historical periods that contains animal stories within each section. When reading through each section, I feel like the author did an amazing job at allowing that animal's story to come alive on the page. The book is also very well illustrated where young and old will be captivated throughout each story. A few of my kids find history to be a little dry at times, so this book really helped bring the stories alive to them.
Learning for Pleasure!
Review by JoyfulMommy
These are fascinating stories that bring history to life from a new perspective! My third grader is enjoying reading this to siblings and told me one thing she likes about the book is the small illustrations throughout. They help keep the text load on the page a bit lighter for elementary readers, making it feel more achievable and enjoyable. She also likes that each chapter is broken up into small sections, like little chapters within the chapters. There is a full glossary in the back of the book, but we like that the glossary words are also included in side columns as they are introduced in the story. I really appreciate the guide to the corresponding Master Books curriculum in the back, as well, so I can plan the best time to pull in one of these chapters to round out another area we are currently studying. I’m thankful for another great resource that mixes education with reading practice and comprehension, making learning a pleasure!
Wonderful Reader!
Review by Yulia
Extraordinary Animal Heroes is an amazing reader recommended for the Higher Elementary and Middle school kids. It encourages bravery and teaches kids about important historical events through the stories of 10 animals (mainly dogs) which helped people during wars and earned special honors for their accomplishments.

My kids love animals and truly enjoyed reading about them and their extraordinary abilities to assist soldiers during wars. My 4th grader was able to read and comprehend the stories with no issues. I love that the author added vocabulary words to help kids learn new words and understand the stories better. This book is a part of beautiful series of readers, and a wonderful addition to our library.

Highly recommend!
For every animal lover!
Review by Becky V.
Oh, how we love this book series! I couldn’t pass up adding this one to our collection.

Extraordinary Animal Heroes is an excellent book to have on your bookshelf at home and perfect for every animal lover! My kids love all things history, and I love that I can offer them a book that is age-appropriate.

This book contains stories of animal heroes during World War I, the Alaskan Black Death, World War II, and the Korean War. Each war or event has a brief overview that is then followed by stories about the extraordinary animals involved during that specific war or event. A total of 10 stories are included.

I appreciate the vocabulary words that are given throughout this book. It can be used as a stand-alone to learn about these animal heroes OR you can incorporate it into your other studies by using the amazing resource at the end of the book that lists corresponding curriculum (textbooks covering the time period that these stories take place). We are going through America’s Story right now and I love that we will be able to use this book to read about some amazing and fun stories of animal heroes that occur even in the most difficult times of our history.
Loyal friends for life
Review by Love2BeMom
I planned to read one chapter each morning to my children, but I couldn’t put it down. I needed tissues for some scenes
Such a great series!
Review by Dustie
What a special book! We have a family full of animal lovers, so this book is a great fit for us. It is filled with moving stories of animals who performed heroic actions during the worst imaginable situations. I love that the author sets the backdrop of the events during which the animal lived (particular wars, disease outbreaks, etc.). I think it really helps kids to understand the context and significance.
This book is great for independent reading, as it is fun and has definitions for words that may be unfamiliar or difficult for younger readers to understand. It would make a great read-aloud or morning basket addition. These stories would also be really fun to include with corresponding history lessons, and there’s even a list in the back of the book that notes potential books to pair each chapter with.
Overall, I highly recommend this entire series of books for every homeschool library. They’re such a fun way to learn bits of history.

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