Written by Michael Morpurgo
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June 2012 Book of the Month.
Award-winning author and illustrator duo Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have created a touching story about the way lives become entangled during conflict and how, unexpectedly, those ties can lead to enduring friendship. When Alex and her little brother Charlie met two old men on the beach they hear the unusual story of how their friendship developed despite fighting on opposing sides and how their past links to their own mother’s childhood.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Little Manfred a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'I give this book 10 out of 10 stars.'
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Little Manfred by Michael Morpurgo
The heart-lifting, heartbreaking new story by Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller. In the Imperial War Museum is a wooden Dachshund, carved by a German prisoner of war for the children of the British family with which he stayed after the fighting ended. This is the story of how it got there! When the Bismarck sinks, one of the only German survivors is taken on board a British ship as a prisoner of war. Sent to live with a host family, Walter must adapt to a new way of life, in the heart of an enemy country. Gradually, though, he finds a friend in ten-year-old Grace. So when the time finally comes to go back to Germany, it's an emotional parting, with Walter leaving Grace with only a carved wooden dog to remember him by. The question is, will Walter and Grace ever meet again? In 1966, with the World Cup coming to Britain, that opportunity may just have come along!
Here is a written review by Alexander Bisland age 7.
One day in 1966, after England versus Germany in the football world cup final, a boy and girl went to the beach to play ball with their dog. When they were there they met a German man called Walter and another called Marty who told the children all about the war and the wooden dog they gave to Grace (the children’s mother) when they left to return to Germany.
The children find out that Little Manfred, the wooden dog, was made by Walter and Manfred. Manfred was like a dad to Grace as he used to read and tell stories to her. In the war Manfred died from a mine explosion and this is why the toy was named Little Manfred.
I recommend this book to children 7+ along with other books by the author who writes really good books!!
I give this book 10 out of 10 stars.
Praise for 'Shadow':
As ever, Morpurgo's warmth and humanity suffuse a story of courage, love and hope. -- Amanda Craig, The Times
Praise for 'An Elephant in the Garden':
'This is a handsome, very pickupable book. Brightly and informatively jacketed, its text punctuated by lovely, fluid ink and wash illustrations by Michael Foreman, it deserves a prominent place on school library bookshelves and, if there is any justice in the world, in bookshops.' Guardian
'For readers aged eight and over, this captivating novel offers an insight into how Hitler came to power, refracted through the gaze of the young narrator.' Telegraph
'Following the stage success of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo returns with another gem in his animals in war series.' Telegraph
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