Shooting at the Stars The Christmas Truce of 1914 by John Hendrix


Shooting at the Stars The Christmas Truce of 1914 by John Hendrix

Shooting at the Stars is the moving story of a young British soldier on the front lines during World War I in 1914, writing a letter home to his mother describing his unforgettable Christmas Eve. Despite fierce fighting from both sides, both German and Allied soldiers ceased firing and came together on the battle field to celebrate the holiday. They sang Christmas carols, exchanged gifts and played football. But as the sun began to rise, they returned to their separate trenches and waited for the battle to begin again. Interweaving beautiful illustrations with hand-lettered text, author and illustrator John Hendrix tells a story that celebrates the humanity and kindness that can persist even during the darkest periods of our history. This standout edition will be published to tie in with the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce and will make a very special Christmas gift and a timely story for young children who have parents serving overseas. Includes an author's note and archival image from the Christmas Truce.


While not shying away from war s grim realities, the pictures go a long way toward conveying the hopeful light of the German Christmas trees twinkling in the night while the strains of Stille Nacht waft across No Man s Land toward our homesick hero. --Roger Sutton The Horn Book Magazine (11/01/2014)

About the Author

John Hendrix is the author and illustrator of John Brown: His Fight for Freedom and the illustrator of Marissa Moss's Nurse, Soldier, Spy. He has also illustrated novel jackets and done editorial work for Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Progressive.

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40 pages


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Publication date

1st October 2014



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