Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero

Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero

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The inspiring true story of Reckless, the brave little horse who became a Marine. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.


When a group of US Marines fighting in the Korean War found a bedraggled mare, they wondered if she could be trained to as a packhorse. They had no idea that the skinny, underfed horse had one of the biggest and bravest hearts they’d ever known. And one of the biggest appetites!


Soon Reckless showed herself more than willing to carry ammunition too heavy for the soldiers to haul. As cannons thundered and shells flew through the air, she marched into battle—again and again—becoming the only animal ever to officially hold military rank—becoming Sgt. Reckless—and receive two Purple Hearts.


This is the first picture book from award-winning novelist Patricia McCormick, sumptuously illustrated by acclaimed artist Iacopo Bruno.

Product details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 780L 
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (September 12, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062292595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062292599
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 10 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces