Sergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation

Sergeant Stubby How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation National Geographic tells the story of a stray dog who becomes Sergeant Stubby the War Dog during World War I Beloved award winning author and library darling Ann Bausum brings her friendly writing st

  • Title: Sergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation
  • Author: Ann Bausum David E. Sharpe
  • ISBN: 9781426213106
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Hardcover
  • National Geographic tells the story of a stray dog who becomes Sergeant Stubby the War Dog during World War I Beloved award winning author and library darling Ann Bausum brings her friendly writing style and in depth research to her first ever book for adults Stubby s story begins in 1917 when America is about to enter the war A stowaway dog befriends Private James RobeNational Geographic tells the story of a stray dog who becomes Sergeant Stubby the War Dog during World War I Beloved award winning author and library darling Ann Bausum brings her friendly writing style and in depth research to her first ever book for adults Stubby s story begins in 1917 when America is about to enter the war A stowaway dog befriends Private James Robert Bob Conroy at the Connecticut National Guard camp at Yale University and the two become inseparable Stubby also wins over the commanding officer and is soon made an official member of the 102nd Infantry of the 26th division What follows is an epic tale of how man s best friend becomes an invaluable soldier on the front lines and in the trenches, a decorated war hero and an inspiration to a country long after the troops returned home.For those who loved New York Times bestseller Rin Tin Tin comes the memorable story of Sergeant Stubby World War I dog veteran, decorated war hero, American icon, and above all, man s best friend.

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    1. Ann Bausum David E. Sharpe

      Ann Bausum writes about history for readers of all ages from her home in southern Wisconsin Her works often focus on under told stories from the past, and she frequently explores issues of social justice Her newest title, The March Against Fear National Geographic 2017 , is her third work to examine the civil rights movement in the American South In the case of these and other books, Bausum strives to bring the nation s social justice history to life in ways that empower and inspire readers young and old alike Her previous title, Stonewall Viking 2015 , is among the first nonfiction books to introduce teens to gay rights history Previous works have explored voting rights, immigration, and free speech, among other topics The almost forgotten story of Stubby lured Bausum away from social justice history temporarily She wrote twin titles about the stray dog smuggled to Europe during World War I who returned to a hero s welcome Both books were published in 2014 by National Geographic Sergeant Stubby for adult readers and Stubby the War Dog for children In the spring of 2017, the Children s Book Guild of Washington, D.C will honor the body of Bausum s work by presenting her with its venerable Nonfiction Award This award recognizes the consistent commendation earned by her individual titles through the years Bausum s books have appeared consistently on lists of recommended and notable titles and have earned numerous literary awards including a Sibert Honor Award, the Jane Addams Children s Book Award, the Carter G Woodson Award on two occasions , and the SCBWI Golden Kite Award In 2015, she was named the year s Notable Wisconsin Children s Author by the Wisconsin Library Association You may follow Bausum on Facebook facebook AnnBausum and Twitter AnnBausum or visit her online at AnnBausum


    1. Advanced reading copy reviewThe story of "Sergeant" Stubby and his human companion Robert Conroy is a good read and adds a new dimension to the collective history of WWI. Many animals were put to work during the war, a few became famous but only two are preserved in the Smithsonian Museum of American History (the other is the carrier pigeon Cher Ami). The big drawback to this book is the lack of personal papers (letters, journals, etc)from Mr. Conroy. He did keep a scrapbook of Stubby's press cl [...]

    2. I had never heard of Stubby's exploits during the First World War, so I thought it was an amusingly cute little story. It has all the makings of a Capra film starring either Jimmy Stewart or Gary Cooper (and if ever a story was in need of Hollywood invention it is this one). It was as though Bob Conroy, Stubby's owner, lived quietly in the background and allowed his dog to accept credit for his own accomplishments, while all the time orchestrating a publicity campaign worthy of PT Barnum. It got [...]

    3. I love a good dog story. I enjoyed Sergeant Stubby's story and the story of his soldier owner. Animals are great companions, especially dogs. This was a short book. The author used private letters and newspaper clippings but it felt like the author was hard pressed to fill its pages. Admittedly, the author states that there wasn't much info out there regarding this little dog. So there seemed to be a lot in here that didn't have any thing to do with the pup or his soldier. The extra war info fel [...]

    4. I expected to read about the activities and life of a heroic and lovable dog during World War I, but found that more of the emphasis is on the course of the war for the 102nd Infantry Regiment of the Yankee Division in a much more general sense, with some discussion of what this may have meant for J. Robert Conroy and Stubby. This is an honest book, and apparently there is little actual documentation of Stubby's and Conroy's experiences of the war, so there is quite a bit of "we don't know what [...]

    5. First off, 100 stars for Stubby the dog! I really enjoyed this book. I had heard of Stubby, but never read anything about him. This book brought Stubby and his best fund, Bob Conroy, to life. I read the author's research notes, and it sounded like she worked really hard to put all this together; it wasn't like she could just go online and find everything she needed. I have read quite a bit about WWII, but not a whole lot about WWI, so this time period was interesting. Some parts made me think, s [...]

    6. I listened to the audio version narrated by Pam Ward, who did a fine job.I liked this book. It was a good mix of WWI history and fun facts about a famous war dog. War history tends to bore me, but Ann Bausum managed to make learning about WWI interesting. I think the key for me was that just when I was starting to get a little bored with the military history part, the topic would shift to Stubby.

    7. I already knew the story of Sergeant Stubby, a lovable stray that served in WW1. I mean who doesn't love a story involving man's best friend?? However, this book didn't have a ton of new information and was a little lackluster. I'm sure it had pictures in it which would have been nice, but I listened to the audiobook.

    8. The author cannot be blamed for the book's occasional drift away from the story of a dog who lived a century ago during wartime, but Sergeant Stubby still manages to be an inspiring tale of courage and devotion.

    9. I first learned about Sgt. Stubby while watching “Mysteries at the Museum” on the History Channel last year and was inspired to learn more about the adorable, heroic little Bull Terrier (?) dog. Naturally then, when I discovered (on ) Ann Bausum had penned “Sergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation,” and was published by National Geographic, I immediately added it to my TR list. I was fairly certain it would be a quality r [...]

    10. Alright, I'll admit and disclose up front that my Mom is the author of Sergeant Stubby, That said, this is still a charming history of an all-too-cruel war. The historical record of Stubby and his companion, "Bob" Conroy is particularly patchy, and so a good deal of speculation and ambiguity dogs the book throughout. That said, Stubby isn't overly anthropomorphized, and the war isn't unduly sentimentalized.The horror of the trenches is described, but its true essence is better found in other wor [...]

    11. 44. Sergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation by Ann Bausum 239 pages★★ ½ “Sergeant” Stubby was a bull dog mix that played a small role in World War I. Found as a stray in the United States, he became attached to a soldier – Robert Conroy, who later went to war and took the beloved pup with. The exactness of how much the pooch played in the war has been disputed but there’s no dispute in his popularity when dog and ow [...]

    12. War Dogs have played a larger role than most people realize (see my review of “Rin Tin Tin: The Life And The Legend by Susan Orleans) Some sniff out bombs, others find the wounded and then there are those who do what a dog does naturally, just be the warriors’ best friends. “Sergeant Stubby” was one of those. He was a stray who adopted a soldier, Robert Conroy of the 102nd Infantry of the 26th, “Yankee” Division, (who probably thought he adopted Stubby) at the training camp at Yale U [...]

    13. Author Bausum gives a very readable but somewhat labored and at times necessarily speculative account of her subjects' lives. The paucity of direct information about owner "Bob" Conroy's wartime experiences and thus those of his dog "Stubby" mean that there is a lot of general World War I filler. That's to be expected, given the man left no letters or memoirs behind, but the filler is a bit watery; more substantial material is wanted to bind the wartime experience into an overall context. The ho [...]

    14. I received this book from my boyfriend who is very much into military history. Since it's never been my cup of tea, he thought he would try to find something I could manage. In Sergeant Stubby, Bausum has dug through the many accounts of this wartime mascot to try to pull together the most truthful tale, a task made especially difficult since even reputable newspapers of the time were keen to embellish Stubby's achievements. Bausum is careful to point out when she's only speculating what might h [...]

    15. Charming Dog - and I quote from page 61 - "The assignment of a new leader to the regiment meant that Stubby had to charm a new commanding officer, which he apparently promptly did." I've seen Stubby on display at the Smithsonian National Museum, but I had no idea who he was or why he was important. I know now. He was an incredible dog - personally responsible for the capture of at least one German soldier in 1919, which earned him a German Iron Cross. He saved an entire French village from poiso [...]

    16. Until the start of WWII, Americans remembered WWI as "The Great War". No one could imagine it would ever be forgotten. Yet, forgotten it was, along with many of its heroes. Author Ann Bausum has made it her goal to pull one of these heroes from the mothballs and give him the respect he is due. This is the story of Sergeant Stubby, the lovable mutt who proved to America how man's best friend can lead soldiers through their darkest hours.As historical nonfiction goes, this book is a delightfully e [...]

    17. “A dog is a dog, some folks will sayBut there are times when a dog is more than a dog; when he has all the attributes of a human being, plus such undying love and affection as few human beings possessStubby only a dog? Nonsense! Stubby was the concentration of all we like in human beings"A good, easy read on the role of animals in warfare along with a brief history of WWI. Things I learned: animals were important for providing companionship to lonely troops during the trench warfare of WWI, an [...]

    18. A cute idea, and probably the best biography that could be written about Stubby. There's not much information about him, but it's known which division etc. he/his owner was in, so Bausum kind of creates a story around them of what they probably experienced. It gets more detailed in the last third discussing Stubby postwar, because that's when he got famous. It does kind of feel like you're reading nothing at times, just reading around the topic, but it's a short enough book that I think it works [...]

    19. This book not only tells the amazing story of a hero dog who participated in WWI but also give a lot of information about WWI. Originally Stubby met up with his owner, James Robert Conroy, at an Army training ground at Yale University. Later when Conroy went overseas to France as part of the 102nd Infantry Regiment, he smuggled Stubby on board the ship. Stubby became the mascot of this regiment and went on to perform many tasks including alerting soldiers to impending gas attacks, helping medics [...]

    20. This was a really good book. I learned a lot about some of the wars and how the dogs were used not only as a companion, but also their role in the war during a time of great homesickness and stress for our soldiers. I learned that the handler of this dog did a lot to get his animal recognized and that was done because he loved Stubby so much. Not much is said about the handlers' personal life, just a short mention of a short marriage. I think Stubby was always his first love and no woman could e [...]

    21. Sweet National Geographic/Smithsonian companion to Stubby's placement in the museums WWI collection, recounting his adoption of the troops training on Yale's sports fields in WWI, service in France as a mascot, companion to the injured and dying and gas alert alarm and his postwar celebrity as an accessible symbol of comradeship for the YMCA and American Legion. Bausum includes a lot of filler on the context of WWI and postwar history, but this is a nice addition to the appreciation of war anima [...]

    22. Some interesting WWI historical background here but I learnt too late it was written by an author of children's bookst that there's anything wrong with thatbut suffice to say it is probably why I read the whole book in about three hours. Still, the fact that this dog was the Kim Kardashian of his day says something; we seem always to be enamoured of celebrity on some level and it can easily go spinning out of control. The myth overtakes the reality and The Big Lie becomes truth.

    23. Short book about a really cool dog, his friend/owner, and the world they lived in during WWI. I didn't know anything about Stubby until I saw this book pop up on a recommended reading list. It turns out that Stubby was one of the first dogs used in warfare for morale, helping find wounded/missing men, and warning about attacks. I'm really glad that the commanding officers for his unit allowed Stubby to stay and even had him treated for a variety of wounds he suffered.

    24. This was a pretty good nonfiction read for me. Sometimes it's hard for me to get behind a nonfiction book, but not the case with this one. It is a really good story. The author did very extensive research and what documents she couldn't find, she filled in with her own questions, not just conjecture. It did get a little tedious when she started going into more details about the campaigns, instead of what Stubby did during said campaigns, but still a good read.

    25. Read in conjunction with the 100 yr anniversary of WW1 for our book club. I have to say I was rather disappointed in the book. The author tried, but so much about the life of Stubby and his master Robert Conroy was not recorded. The book contains much conjecture which should not occur in a work of non fiction. Nice pictures but no maps. Some of the battles mentioned should have maps and more info on those battles was needed.

    26. I love the story of Sergeant Stubby. I think it is amazing the companionship and hope that these dogs (and other animals) provided during the time of war. This book is interesting but I felt like the author was "filling in the blanks" a lot. I would have liked to have known more documented information about what he did rather than we think Sergeant Stubby was there because Conroy was there so he probably participated in these events.

    27. Physical Description: Stuffed dog; blanket adorned with medals.Source: National Museum of American HistoryMuch of the book is conjectural, apparently based on newspaper articles.

    28. I didn't know about Stubby before reading this. I don't usually read nonfiction but picked it up on a whim. While I felt some of the chapters were a little heavy with facts, I overall enjoyed this. I actually shed a tear in the last chapter about his death. I already miss Stubby and wish I could have met him.

    29. Superb book about the ties a man has with his dog during extraordinary times !!!! I gave this book four stars only because at times it jumps back and forth through the progression of events. I struggle with this in that I really wanted to give this story five stars because it is rare for an author to evoke in the reader the depth of devotion a man can portray for his dog as Ms. Bausum has.

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