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.
Barry's Story: From Puppy to Patriot
by Joanne Robertson-Eletto
The true story of Barry, one of the first Navy SEAL combat canines who was deployed with Special Warfare Group Two. The book details some special stories about his training, bravery, and dedication to the Navy SEALS, as told to me by his SEAL handler and teammate, Mitchell Myers.
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