I’m a retired literacy professor from St. John’s University, and still teach part-time for the Graduate School of Education. I have loved dogs all of my life, and happily shared my home with all shapes, sizes, breeds, and temperaments. My work with students has shown me that young readers are also drawn to dogs, and that they like reading about them. In fact, young readers prefer nonfiction books. Therefore, to capitalize on both of their interests, and to assist them to understand self-sacrifice, patriotism, and devotion to country, I wrote “Barry’s Story” to bring these concepts to life.