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Smoky The Dog That Saved My Life

Nancy Roe Pimm
Ohio University Press
ISBN-13: 978-0821423561

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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.


Bonded by Battle

Nancy Roe Pimm
Quindaro Press
ISBN-13: 978-0976443469

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Nancy Roe Pimm’s life-long love of animals compelled her to write her latest book, Bonded by Battle: The Powerful Friendships of Military Dogs and Soldiers from the Civil War to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Pimm observed military war dogs as they trained through obstacle courses and bomb-sniffing drills. Veterans shared heartfelt stories. In the past and present day, the dogs’ super senses kept our soldiers safe on base camp, as well as in the heat of the fight. Soldiers formed unbreakable bonds with their dogs, as day and night, they faced life and death in the war zone. The dogs provided comfort to our battle-weary soldiers and served not only as war dogs, but also as therapy dogs. These four-legged soldiers are sometimes heroic, and sometimes supportive, but always full of courage, loyalty, intelligence, and a whole lot of heart. Open the pages of this book to meet a bunch of unforgettable canine commandos.

An accurate and fascinating presentation. — KIRKUS

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The Jerrie Mock Story

The Jerrie Mock Story

Nancy Roe Pimm
Ohio University Press
ISBN-13: 978-0821422168

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In this biography for middle-grade readers, Nancy Roe Pimm tells the story of Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the world. In her trusty Cessna, The Spirit of Columbus — also known as Charlie — she traveled from Columbus, Ohio, on an eastward route that totaled nearly twenty-three thousand miles and took almost a month. Overcoming wind, ice, mechanical problems, and maybe even sabotage, Mock persevered.


Colo's Story

Colo’s Story

Nancy Roe Pimm
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
ISBN-13: 978-0984155453

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ATTENTION ANIMAL LOVERS!
Colo, a Columbus Zoo gorilla, is internationally famous for being the first gorilla in the world born in captivity. Now, for the first time, Colo’s life story is told by author Nancy Roe Pimm with a foreward by Jack Hanna. Turn the pages as her amazing story unfolds, from the jungles of Africa, to The Columbus Zoo in Powell, Ohio, where Colo made history.


The Daytona 500

The Daytona 500

Nancy Roe Pimm
Millbrook Press
ISBN-13: 9780761366775

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Pimm, who worked in the pit box during her husband Ed Pimm’s NASCAR racing days, offers an informative introduction to the Daytona 500. Beginning in 1903, when cars actually raced on the beach, this traces the event’s history and discusses the cars, drivers, strategies, and memorable moments. Colorful photos illustrate the clear text, while the many sidebars spotlight related facts. The book concludes with a first-person feature, “Behind the Wheel with John Andretti.” From the Spectacular Sports series, which includes Goal! (2010) and Swish (2009), here’s a solid entry on stock-car racing. — Carolyn Phelan Pimm, who worked in the pit box during her husband Ed Pimm’s NASCAR racing days, offers an informative introduction to the Daytona 500. Beginning in 1903, when cars actually raced on the beach, this traces the event’s history and discusses the cars, drivers, strategies, and memorable moments. Colorful photos illustrate the clear text, while the many sidebars spotlight related facts. The book concludes with a first-person feature, “Behind the Wheel with John Andretti.” From the Spectacular Sports series, which includes Goal! (2010) and Swish (2009), here’s a solid entry on stock-car racing. — Carolyn Phelan