Saving the Baghdad Zoo

A True Story of Hope and Heroes

By Kelly Milner Halls; William Sumner; William Sumner (Illustrator)
Greenwillow Books, Hardcover, 9780061772023, 64pp.

Publication Date: February 2010

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring 2010 Kids' Next List
“This account of how U.S. Army Major William Sumner worked to save animals in the Baghdad Zoo during the Iraq war is a wonderful story, great for story time!”
— Diana Portwood, Bob's Beach Books, Lincoln City, OR


Description

The baghdad zoo was once home to more than six hundred magnificent animals. But after the war in Iraq began in 2003, the city faced widespread destruction.

When U. S. Army Captain William Sumner was asked to check out the state of the zoo, he found that it, too, was devastated. Hundreds of animals were missing, and the few remaining were in desperate need of care. And so Captain Sumner accepted a new mission. Together with an international team of zoologists, veterinarians, conservationists, and dedicated animal lovers, Captain Sumner worked tirelessly to save the neglectedbut tenaciousanimals of Baghdad.

Saving the Baghdad Zoo tells the poignant stories of these remarkable animals. Meet the abandoned lions who roamed an empty palace with no food or drink; the camel, Lumpy, who survived transport through sniper fire; the tigers, Riley and Hope, who traveled 7,000 miles from home; and many more.

The Baghdad Zoo, open once again to the people of Iraq, has become an oasis of hope and safety in a city where both are precious gifts.




About the Author
For the past 15 years, Kelly Milner Halls has crafted high interest nonfiction books and articles for young readers. Known for quirky but well researched topics, Halls delights in drawing even reluctant readers into the realm of discovery through the explorations of dinosaurs, Sasquatch, UFO's or dozens of other unusual themes. She makes her home in Spokane, WA with two daughters, one Pug, too many cats and a 4 foot iguana named Gigantor. She speaks at schools and conferences all over the country. Halls also works as YA novelist Chris Crutcher's assistant.Major William Sumner served as a captain with the U.S. Army 354th Civil Affairs Brigade. Since completing his tour of duty in Iraq, Sumner has been assigned to the U.S. Strategic Command and promoted to major. He continues to support efforts at the Baghdad Zoo and has worked with the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield to protect cultural heritage in conflict areas. He holds master's degrees in education and archaeology and is currently pursuing a doctorate in biodefense. Major Sumner lives with his wife and two daughters in Nebraska.Major William Sumner served as a captain with the U.S. Army 354th Civil Affairs Brigade. Since completing his tour of duty in Iraq, Sumner has been assigned to the U.S. Strategic Command and promoted to major. He continues to support efforts at the Baghdad Zoo and has worked with the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield to protect cultural heritage in conflict areas. He holds master's degrees in education and archaeology and is currently pursuing a doctorate in biodefense. Major Sumner lives with his wife and two daughters in Nebraska.



Praise For Saving the Baghdad Zoo

“Sobering and uplifting photographs—many taken by Sumner—underscore both the direness of the situation and the spirit of hope that drove the project…Eye-opening.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Loaded with reader appeal, these tales of animal rescue focus on the animals but also provide some insight into what Baghdad was like in the wake of the U.S. invasion.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Bolstered with large, beautiful color photos and informative sidebars, this dramatic picture-book-size-photo-essay tells of the U.S. army rescue of zoo animals in the Iraqi war zone.”
-ALA Booklist

“Moving.”
-The Horn Book

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