Taff in the WAAF by Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom

Taff in the WAAF

Written by Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom
Illustrated by Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom

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Winner of The English Association 4-11 Book Awards - Key Stage 2 Non-Fiction

A companion to the successful and innovative Tail-End Charlie, about Mick's father's life in the RAF in World War II, Taff in the WAAF tells his mother's fascinating story of life on the Home Front in World War II. Simply written and using speech bubbles and captioned illustration boxes of artefacts and documents from the period, this is a dramatic and engaging introduction to its subject.


Taff in the WAAF by Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom

Mick Manning's mother was a young woman in Wales at the outbreak of World War II. At the outbreak of war and the start of food rationing, she left school aged 14 to work in a local greengrocer's shop. Later joining the WAAF (the Women's Auxiliary Air Force), she became a wireless operator and eventually a Y service listener for the secret signal decoding operation at Bletchley Park where the famous German Enigma Code was cracked. The book also looks at other essential women's roles during the war including the ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service), the Wrens (Women's Royal Naval Service), Land Army, Fire Service etc, and a wide range of aspects of life affected by the war effort.


This is the companion volume to the very successful Tail-End Charlie...There is a high demand for books about this period which are pitched at a simple level, so this book will be well received by teachers who cover this subject. Back to School Bookseller

Visually-striking and engaging chronicle. Bradford Telegraph & Argus

A mixture of comic strip, words, pictures and memorabilia vivdly reveal Taff's story and life during the war in this atmospheric book. Engrossing and informative read for all ages. Primary Times

Every home should have a copy. -- Lynn Parsons BBC Radio 2

How do you explain the events of the Second World War to a primary school child? Here's how. Manning and Granstrom have evolved their unique approach to information books over two decades combining thorough research with compelling stories, characterful illustrations and clever design. Glasgow Herald

The illustrations vividly capture life of 'ordinary people during the War and give us an excellent picture of how life was 'behind the scenes'. Other essential jobs done by women during the war are also investigated, and the use of artefacts and documents from the time make this an excellent resource for KS2 history. Parents in Touch

From the endpapers to the presentation of the text as if typed on a 1930s typewriter, this is impeccably designed, written and illustrated: an absorbing, exciting and thoughtful account of one woman's war in all its aspects. Books for Keeps

This book deserves to become a children's classic. www.parentsintouch.co.uk

The true story of a woman who joins the forces and ends up cracking Nazi codes at Blechley Park. Its mix of spies, submarines, Nazis, computers and codes should appeal to both girls and boys, and help set the record straight: the war wasn't won entirely by jolly good chaps with moustaches. Mail on Sunday

Inspired by his [Mick Manning's] mother, who served in the WAAF during the Second World War. From life in the Blitz to dodging a Doodlebug, this captivating book really brings history to life. Beautifully illustrated by Manning and his wife Brita Granstrom, it's full of cartoons, documents and fascinating anecdotes about rations, dancing the jitterbug and listening to enemy Morse code. Daily Express

No school library should be without this title and I cannot recommend it highly enough. School Librarian

Every bit as absorbing as its companion volume 'Tail-End Charlie'... The combination of image and text appeals to a wide ability range and it would be an informative and fascinating text to share in guided reading. My Year 6 class queued to borrow it and it proved to be a resource that the children returned to regularly throughout our World War Two theme.

The pictures in this book are realistic and make me feel I am part of Taff's story. Join the Welsh Taff as she dodges doodlebugs and decodes the Nazi's code! An inspiring story about bravery and dancing the night away. Sofia Hurtado (aged 11) Ibby Link'

About the Author

Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom

Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom have been writing and illustrating children's books together for over fifteen years. Specialising in fun, lively non-fiction picture books, they have perfected their unique approach, sharing the illustrations between them and mixing up words and pictures in all sorts of inventive and delightful ways. They have won numerous awards and their books are published internationally in over 15 languages.

Mick and Brita live in the Scottish Borders and have 4 sons.

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40 pages
Interest Age: From 8


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

7th February 2013




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