Rememberance Day and Our Book of the Week…

It has turned out to be a week of books on our blog and today is Remembrance Day, so highly relevant that we share this book with you:

The Great War

The Great War, illustrated by Jim Kay:


A collection of short stories brought to you by eleven great storytellers of our time: Michael Morporgo, David Almond, John Boyne to name a few…

There is even a chance to meet all the authors in the Contributors Section…

A collection of objects, artefacts in fact, from the war have been gathered into this book and timeless stories about each of the objects have been written, bringing the war to life for children over a hundred years later. At the back of the book they show you details of each of the items, all things that you may find in your great grandparent’s home. And a little bit about each item… and how they were relevant to the war.

This book is beautifully created and the illustrations bring each story to life, they are poignant and thought provoking, in fact the design of the entire book is exceptional.

It is appealing in a way that would make one want to dip in and read a quick short story or just read it all the way through without pause.

This is a book is a fantastic read aloud and we have been reading it together as a family. What better way to teach children about real life in times of war, about ordinary people doing exceptional things… real people, that may not have wanted to be part of the war effort, but they did it anyway. The stories provide a peek into the lives of everyday men and women during a time when nothing was normal and “difficult times” was simply an understatement.


Thank you to PanMacmillan South Africa for supplying this fabulous collection of books for review purposes. This is not a sponsored post and all the reviews are as usual my own.

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