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Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracleby Brian Dennis
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The moving, true story of the young woman dubbed The Voice of Americas Bullied”; how her bond with her dog, Izzy, changed her life; and their mission to help break the cycle of bullying.
In middle school, Gabrielle Gabe” Ford developed a degenerative muscle disease, and was harassed by bullies as a result. She did her best to keep her head high, but it wasnt easy. Then Gabe got a dog, Izzy, who developed an uncannily similar disorder. They were invited to appear on Animal Planet to talk about their bond, which in turn led to an invitation to speak at a school. And so began Gabes career as an anti-bullying advocate. Dubbed The Voice of Americas Bullied” by the Huffington Post, Gabe now makes a career of public speaking and has received numerous honors for her hard work. Here is her amazing story—from her lowest days dealing with various challenges, to the unbelievable and immediate bond with Izzy, to her ongoing mission to put an end to bullying, one school at a time.
Includes resources and tips for readers, plus a color insert of photographs!
"Larson and Nethery, who collaborated on Two Bobbies, team up with Dennis to tell the moving story of the Marine major's friendship with a wild dog he befriended at a border fort in Iraq. Dennis named the dog Nubs because his 'ears had been cut off to make him a dog of war' (a statement never explained). Though Nubs futilely attempts to follow Dennis when he departs the fort, the two grow closer on subsequent visits, until the dog (now wounded) treks 70 miles through the snow to find Dennis. When the major is ordered to 'get rid of the dog, or else,' he raises money to have Nubs transported to his San Diego hometown, where human and dog eventually reunite. Some spreads feel cluttered with narrative passages, e-mail sidebars, and multiple images; the photographs, gleaned from several sources, are of varying quality and resolution (understandable given the circumstances under which most were taken). But these do not diminish the emotional impact of the saga, which should appeal to fans of Owen and Mzee and other stories of animals that triumph against the odds. Ages 3 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Nubs, an Iraqi dog of war, never had a home or a person of his own. He was the leader of a pack of wild dogs living off the land and barely surviving. But Nubs's life changed when he met Marine Major Brian Dennis. The two formed a fast friendship, made stronger by Dennis's willingness to share his meals, offer a warm place to sleep, and give Nubs the kind of care and attention he had never received before. Nubs became part of Dennis's human pack until duty required the Marines to relocate a full 70 miles away--without him. Nubs had no way of knowing that Marines were not allowed to have pets.
So began an incredible journey that would take Nubs through a freezing desert, filled with danger tofind his friend and would lead Dennis on a mission that would touch the hearts of people all over the world.
Nubs and Dennis will remind readers that friendship has the power to cross deserts, continents, and even species.
The heart-tugging true story of how a baby gorilla found love in the arms of a surrogate mom
When Umande was born, his mother didnt know how to take care of him. So, he was hand-reared by keepers at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. For eight months, the keepers crawled on the ground with him to show him how to walk; coughed in his face to teach him discipline; and gave him happy gorilla grumbles to encourage him. But for Umande, something was still missing. Luckily, a thousand miles away at the Columbus Zoo, a mom was waiting just for him.
This touching true story about finding a family will resonate with animal lovers and adoptive families alike. Share this book with fans of Owen and Mzee, Tarra and Bella, and Knut.
About the Author
Maria Faulconer has published fiction and nonfiction for children and adults, and her experience as an adoptive mom inspired her to write this story. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Susan Kathleen Hartung is the illustrator of many childrens books, including Dear Juno, for which she won the Ezra Jack Keats Award. She lives in Brooklyn, Michigan.
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