There are many excellent books and stories for primary school age children which are perfect as a way of encouraging children to find out more and explore the past-good and bad. I've talked about a favourite 'My secret war diary by Flossie Albright' by Marcia Williams before. I've spotted it in many of the schools I've been lucky enough to visit on my travels AND many more story stalwarts such as 'When Hitler stole pink rabbit' by Judith Kerr and 'Adolphus Tips' by Michael Morpurgo.
So I just wanted to share Michael Foreman's latest book with you too. It is based on a true story AND Michael Foreman was bought up just up the road in Pakefield. In fact 'War boy' is a beautifully illustrated memoir of his boyhood there during war time-if you are in a Suffolk school this one is a must for you. 'War Game' is another true, heart warming tale again beautifully illustrated book about the Christmas truce when German and British soldiers came out of their respective trenches to meet in no man's land for a football match.
I'm looking forward to reading it. I haven't had a chance yet as you might know if you've been reading my other blog entries-bit of a book back log but that's never a bad thing! However, I know Ipswich Children's book group were lucky enough to have him speak about ALI PASHA last month and it sounds rather good. I also think his illustrations really are beautiful and always, always admire them. I'm sure you will too -see below: