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Bobby the Littlest War Hero by Glyn Harper, illus. Jenny Cooper.

March 6, 2018

bobbyBobby the Littlest War Hero by Glyn Harper, illus. Jenny Cooper. Pub. Penguin Random House, 2018.

Of all the animals that have assisted man during wartime, Bobby the canary, has to be the smallest.

This is about the part Bobby played for the miners who tunneled under the lines of German soldiers during the 1st World war. Bobby was used to detect gas, set up in his cage with clipped toes so that he would fall off his perch when gas was around. He saved many lives, reluctantly I would guess, and was brought back to life seven times.

This extraordinary tale is beautifully told and illustrated by the experienced and perceptive team of Harper and Cooper. The text is powerfully understated and the illustrations show the humanity and inhumanity of war at the same time.

Come ANZAC Day everybody will be reading this story. One to remember. The perfect war story for children.

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