Smoky, the Dog That Saved My Life: The Bill Wynne Story

Smoky, the Dog That Saved My Life: The Bill Wynne Story

by Nancy Roe Pimm

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World War II soldier Bill Wynne met Smoky while serving in New Guinea, where the dog, who was smaller than Wynne’s army boot, was found trying to scratch her way out of a foxhole. After he adopted her, she served as the squadron mascot and is credited as being the first therapy dog for the emotional support she provided the soldiers. When they weren’t fighting, Bill taught Smoky hundreds of tricks to entertain the troops. Smoky became a war hero herself at an airstrip in Luzon, the Philippines, where she helped save forty airplanes and hundreds of soldiers from imminent attack.

After the war, Bill worked as a Hollywood animal trainer and then returned to his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. He and Smoky continued to perform their act, even getting their own TV show, How to Train Your Dog with Bill Wynne and Smoky.

Nancy Roe Pimm presents Bill and Smoky’s story to middle-grade readers in delightful prose coupled with rich archival illustrations. Children will love learning about World War II from an unusual perspective, witnessing the power of the bond between a soldier and his dog, and seeing how that bond continued through the exciting years following the war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821446591
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 02/21/2019
Series: Biographies for Young Readers
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 42 MB
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About the Author

Nancy Roe Pimm is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for young readers, five of which have been Junior Library Guild selections. Smoky, the Dog That Saved My Life is her second book (after The Jerrie Mock Story) for Ohio University Press’s Biographies for Young Readers series. A native of Brooklyn, New York, with three daughters and two grandsons, Nancy lives in Plain City, Ohio, with her retired race-car driver husband, their two dogs, two cats, and python named Monty.

Table of Contents

Contents Author’s Note Prologue 1: Surviving theGreat Depress ion The Great Depress ion 1929–39 2: Life in the Streets 3: Love Struck 4: Off to War 5: Mascot Smoky 6: Corporal Bill and Corporal Smoky Black Sunday 7: Tiny War-Dog Hero Kamikaze pilots The Women and the War 8: Peace at Last! Wartime Rationing 9: Back on American Soil 10: Chasing Dreams 11: No Business Like Show Business From NACA to NASA 12: Beginnings and Endings Bill’s Timeline Bill’s Awards for Photography Smoky’s Awards Glossary Acknowledgments Notes Bibliography

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