Tuesday, October 6, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Christmas Truce by Aaron Shepard (author), Wendy Edelson (illustrator)


Christmas Day, 1914 
My dear sister Janet, 
It is 2:00 in the morning and most of our men are asleep in their dugouts -- yet I could not sleep myself before writing to you of the wonderful events of Christmas Eve. In truth, what happened seems almost like a fairy tale, and if I hadn't been through it myself, I would scarce believe it. Just imagine: While you and the family sang carols before the fire there in London, I did the same with enemy soldiers here on the battlefields of France! 
The Christmas Truce of 1914 is one of the most extraordinary incidents not only of World War I but of all military history. Providing inspiration for songs, books, plays, and movies, it has endured as an archetypal image of peace. Yet much about the historic event remains shrouded in myth and legend. 
In this fictional letter -- illustrated in authentic detail by Wendy Edelson -- award-winning author Aaron Shepard draws from firsthand accounts of soldiers at the front to portray the truce in its true nature and spirit.
REVIEW BY: Angelina, age 8 years, 14 days and she turns 9! 
I loved this book, but the whole book was not on my Kindle :(. It was about Christmas and the soldiers writing to their families on Christmas during wars. 
I really enjoyed the parts of this book that I was able to read and I wish I could read the whole thing! 
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and recommend this book for ages 6 to 9.