Pigeon Hero!: Based on the True Story (Ready-to-Read Series: Level 2)

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In a town in Italy during World War II the people have surrendered without firing a shot. But American warplanes are due to arrive, and the radio's broken, so no one can tell them to call off the attack! G. I. Joe, a carrier pigeon, is the only one who can take the message to the Americans. Will he make it in time and save the town?

During World War II, carrier pigeons were used to send messages across enemy lines. G.I. Joe was one such pigeon, working closely with ...

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Overview

In a town in Italy during World War II the people have surrendered without firing a shot. But American warplanes are due to arrive, and the radio's broken, so no one can tell them to call off the attack! G. I. Joe, a carrier pigeon, is the only one who can take the message to the Americans. Will he make it in time and save the town?

During World War II, carrier pigeons were used to send messages across enemy lines. G.I. Joe was one such pigeon, working closely with British and American troops to help them communicate over long distances and coordinate their attacks.

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The setting is Italy during WWII. The British troops have entered the town and taken it without a fight. The Germans have fled, but the big problem is that a bombing raid is scheduled. A lot of innocent people will die. The radio is broken, so they can't get a message back to stop the bombing. Then, they remember that they have a homing pigeon named G. I. Joe. A message is attached and the pigeon is set aloft. It braves German gunfire, bad weather and a hungry hawk. Just in time it arrives at the airbase to stop the bombing raid. Based upon a true story, kids learn than G. I. Joe was given a medal and went to live in the Detroit zoo. An endnote explains a little more about how pigeons were used during the war. It is a good story, the illustrations are appropriate, but early readers will know little about WWII so caregivers and teachers may need to help set the stage for them to fully understand the story. But the basic tale of the pigeons bravery is easily understood. A Level 2 book in the "Ready-To-Read" series. 2003, Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, Ages 5 to 7.
— Marilyn Courtot
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Gr 1-3-This early reader tells the true story of a World War II homing pigeon, G. I. Joe, and the important messages he carried through enemy lines to save an Italian town. For his brave mission, the bird received a medal from the Lord Mayor of London and finished out his life in the comfort of the Detroit Zoo. Brief author notes give some additional information on the use of pigeons during war. The simple, accessible language occasionally detracts from the action ("Flap, flap, flap. The hawk did not catch him"). The watercolor-pencil illustrations show appropriate period details and give G. I. Joe a perky, alert look befitting his hero status. For collections that need nonfiction beginning readers, this one will be a useful addition.-Ellen M. Riordan, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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The true story of a carrier pigeon in WWII is the premise for this mid-level easy reader that will appeal to young readers interested in airplanes and the era of the world wars. The special pigeon, nicknamed G.I. Joe, was sent from Italy by British soldiers to an American air base to cancel a planned bombing mission. The mission needed to be called off because the Germans had already withdrawn from the Italian town, and there was no radio or telegraph communication available. This situation is rather complex to explain within the confines of the easy reader format, and some children will need an adult's help with the military background. A simple author's note is included, but no dates, map, or country definitions are given. Despite these minor drawbacks, historical settings and interesting true stories for easy readers are always welcome, and G.I. Joe is a plucky fellow with an intriguing tale. (Easy reader. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689854873
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Series: Ready-to-Read Series: Level 2
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Level 2
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2004

    Engaging reading for ages 5-7

    This book was a huge hit with my 7 year old son. Its true story has enough details to grab his attention without being confusing. The vocabulary was just right for his reading level (reading with help) and taught him a lot of common sight words. All children's literature should inpire begining readers with interesting, true stories like this book does.

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