Written by Michael Morpurgo
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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. ~ Julia Eccleshare
A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to read and review Little Manfred. Click Here to read the full reviews.
- Alexander Bisland age 7 - '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!!'
- Ciara Pugsley, age 11 - 'I really enjoyed this book because it was full of adventure, really exciting and I always wanted to read on to find out what was going to happen next. I would give this book 10 out of 10.'
Little Manfred by Michael Morpurgo
A heart-lifting, heartbreaking story by Michael Morpurgo.
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.
Nobody can balance old and new better, or more convincingly. - The Independent
[Morpurgo] really is a master at this sort of thing; not a word is wasted - The Telegraph
Morpurgo is a virtuoso at conjuring vibrant stories that draw on historical events. - The Observer Review
This is a very touching, absorbing story vividly bringing events to life. - Primary Times
This book is perfect for anybody who wants to find out about the Second World War and how it affected real people. - First News
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HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
3rd January 2013
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