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Simpson and his Donkey

Written by Mark Greenwood
Illus. Frané Lessac
Walker Books Australia and UK Candlewick Press USA
Kirkus Review Best Books 2008 USA
Children’s Book Council of Australia - Eve Pownall Honour Book 2009
CJ Korean Book Awards Shortlist
2011 Sakura Medal Shortlist

A poignant account of the story of John Simpson Kirkpatrick and how he and his donkey, Duffy, rescued over 300 men during the campaign at Gallipoli. 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. The heroic story of one man and a donkey. Backed by detailed research, the text includes a brief biography of the man, details of his work at Gallipoli and also the little known story of how, without realizing, he rescued his childhood friend.

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