Animal Heroes

True Rescue Stories

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

A guide dog leads its owner to safety down seventy-seven flights of stairs in the World Trade Center before the building collapses. A female gorilla in a zoo picks up and protects an unconscious toddler who falls into her enclosure. An elderly dog named Frisky keeps his owner awake and alive when Hurricane Katrina floods the house. Winnie the cat saves her owners from carbon monoxide poisoning. Animals, both wild and domestic, have become heroes when they’ve come to the rescue of humans. In these heartwarming, true stories, Sandra Markle shows how dogs, cats, cows, monkeys, and even dolphins use their normal senses or special training to help people in trouble or in need all over the world.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Nonfiction
Category Animals, Social Studies
Copyright 2009
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2008-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.8
Reading Counts! Points 3.0
Dewey 636.088'7
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 880
Guided Reading Level T
ATOS Reading Level 5.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 123222
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, and Table of contents


  • Horned Toad Tales List Nominee, Nominated, 2011
  • Book Links Lasting Connection, Winner, 2009
  • Children's Crown Award Nominee, Nominated, 2009
  • ILA Teacher's Choices, Winner, 2009
  • Bluestem Award Nominee, Nominated, 2009


Book Links

“From a gorilla that saved a toddler at the zoo to a dog that helped his owner survive Hurricane Katrina, these true stories about animals that helped people in peril are dramatic and amazing.” —Book Links


“. . .solid, high-interest choice for browsing or basic research.” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“Nine stories, based on interviews with the grateful survivors, describe how brave animals rescued people in catastrophic circumstances. Each edgy retelling reveals details that only the participants could know, including sounds, smells, sights, and the knowledge that at any moment they could die, deepening the tension. Mixed in are Markle’s broad and perfectly attuned insights about animal behavior.” —School Library Journal

Author: Sandra Markle

Sandra Markle is the author of numerous award-winning books for children. A former elementary science teacher, she is a nationally-known science education consultant. Markle has received many honors for her series Animal Predators, Animal Scavengers, and Animal Prey. Several titles have been named as National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)/Children’s Book Council (CBC) Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, and Animal Predators was honored as a Top 10 Youth Nonfiction Series by Booklist. Markle is also the author of the Insect World series and several single titles. Her book Rescues! was named a Best Book by the Society of School Librarians International and a Recommended Title of Outstanding Nonfiction by the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) Orbis Pictus Award committee; Animal Heroes was named a 2008 Lasting Connections title by Book Links. Markle lives in Lakewood Ranch, Florida with her husband, photographer Skip Jeffery.