The Great War

The Great War

Stories Inspired by Items From the First World War

Book - 2015
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In a powerful collection, eleven internationally acclaimed writers draw on personal objects to bring the First World War to life for readers young and old.

A toy soldier. A butter dish. A compass. Mundane objects, perhaps, but to the remarkable authors in this collection, artifacts such as these have inspired stories that go to the heart of the human experience of World War I. Each author was invited to choose an object that had a connection to the war--a writing kit for David Almond, a helmet for Michael Morpurgo--and use it as the inspiration for an original short story. What results is an extraordinary collection, illustrated throughout by award-winning Jim Kay and featuring photographs of the objects with accounts of their history and the authors' reasons for selecting them. This unique anthology provides young readers with a personal window into the Great War and the people affected by it, and serves as an invaluable resource for families and teachers alike.


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Oct 31, 2016

This book of intriguing short stories inspired by items of WW I is sad, hopeful, inspiring, wistful, and joyful. Well worth the time to read with your kiddo and talk about that war.

Jun 13, 2015

When I finished this book I wanted to read it over again. Instantly. I enjoyed it that much. Excellent idea. Loved it.


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