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Fly, Cher Ami, Fly!: The Pigeon Who Saved the Lost Battalion (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. September 2008

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"Fly, Cher Ami, Fly!" is the riveting story of a famous carrier pigeon during World War I who saved the lives of over 200 American soldiers. Cher Ami flew 25 miles in 25 minutes to deliver a message explaining where American soldiers were trapped so that they could be rescued from the Germans. The pigeon was hailed a hero of the 77th infantry division, received the French Croix de Guerre, he even received a prosthetic leg after he was injured, and is preserved in the Smithsonian. Robert McKenzie is an up-and-coming illustrator who brings this dramatic story to life.

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Burleigh has written a number of award-winning books for children, including several artist biographies: Cezanne, Seurat and La Grande Jatte, and Toulouse-Lautrec. He is a painter himself, and lives in Chicago. Robert McKenzie is an animator at Blue Sky Studios who has worked on many films such as Ice Age. This is his first picture book. He lives in New York, New York


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Why I Don't Like Fly, Cher Ami, Fly 7. Juni 2013
Von Carol K. Christopher - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I have been studying WWI and discovered the incredible story of Cher Ami the carrier pigeon who, despite being injured and against terrible odds, delivered the message that did save the lost battalion. When I discovered that there was a children's book about this heroic bird, I immediately ordered it for our library collection. When it came, I was utterly disappointed and even a little bit angry. I could understand the author's effort to make the story suitable for very young children, but the story seemed all wrong. Even the message that Cher Ami carried was different. The author does clarify some of the historic facts in the afterward of the book.

If you just want a nice story about a brave bird who completes his mission against great odds then, ok, read the book. If you would like to get the facts, read the actual content of the note that was delivered and the circumstances that battalion found itself in (being shelled by friendly fire) I would recommend the movie "The Lost Battalion". Google Cher Ami. And there are several good lecture series available on CD. It's really worth looking into.
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Touching Children's Story Based on An Actual Event 10. Februar 2010
Von Paul B. Cora - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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For Americans living in 1918, the last year of World War I, the legend of the "Lost Battalion" was a household topic. Commanded by Major Charles Whittlesey, a New York lawyer turned Army officer, the "Lost Battalion" was comprised of numerous elements of the US 77th Infantry Division. For six days during the October 1918 Meuse-Argonne offensive, the "Lost Battaltion" was cut off and surrounded by German forces in the Argonne Forest, stubbornly refusing surrender. At one point, a carrier pigeon nicknamed "Cher Ami" carried a message back to American lines which saved Whittlesey's men, who's exact position was unknown, from friendly artillery fire. Today "Cher Ami, " who died in 1919, is preserved and displayed at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History.

"Fly, Cher Ami, Fly" uses this real historical event for the basis of this touching and wonderfully illustrated children's story in which "Cher Ami" carries an important message through skies fraught with danger, ultimately saving the day. Young readers will doubtless be inspired to investigate further this chapter of American history. In this regard, "Fly, Cher Ami, Fly" is not only a fine story, but a great sower of seeds.
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Tastefully Written and Beautifully Illustrated 28. August 2008
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The topic of war is a difficult one to explain to young children. It was refreshing to see how tastefully Fly, Cher Ami, Fly! dealt with this sensitive subject. This book is geared towards 4-8 year olds. I am familiar with the true events surrounding Cher Ami's final flight, and I was frankly happy and relieved that the artist showed enough good judgement and restaint, so that my five year old didn't have to see a painting of a bird with its bloody eye hanging out, leg shot off and hole through his chest the size of a quarter. Children these days are bombarded with way too many violent images, and it was a relief that the horrors of war weren't grahically depicted in this children's book. Finally, here is book that deals with the human side of war. The soldiers are young and scared. The images are symbolic. The military uniforms are historically accurate. It seems to me that both author and artist honored the story of Cher Ami on a level that is appropriate for their target audience of 4-8 year olds.
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cher ami gender mix up 1. Februar 2013
Von kubus - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Cher Ami was Hen bird (female not a male, this was discovered upon taxidermy procedure after her death), she was registered as a male (cock bird) and even her color registration was wrong. This information can be verified with US Army Signal Corps Fort Monmouth N.J. She is still being erroneously referred to as a he even by the museum where she is on display more than half a century later.
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Beautiful pictures but gets the story all wrong 7. Mai 2011
Von SherriLee - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I know it was probably cleaned up for kids but they changed the entire point...and the whole story is the poor injured, possibly dying bird never giving up...flying on...and valiantly getting the message through that saved an entire unit...without that...DULL
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