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Sarah Ridley - Author

About the Author

Born in Suffolk, Sarah Ridley lives on the Suffolk/Essex border and is a writer and editor of educational books for children and young people. Recently, a life-long interest in history has led her to write books about the First World War, inspired by reading letters written by soldiers who served in the conflict. Brothers at War tells the story of uncovering the material held in her own family's archives. Dear Jelly sets letters written by soldier brothers to their younger sisters at its core. Teenage children keep Sarah busy when she isn't tied to her computer, and she relaxes by walking along river estuaries close to her home.

Featured books by Sarah Ridley

Suffragettes and the Fight for the Vote

Suffragettes and the Fight for the Vote

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/01/2019

Beginning by looking at the role of women in the 19th Century and ending with the continuing struggle for equal rights for women in all parts of society, this is an essential read for young people aged 10 plus to understand the history of the women's movement on suffrage. It includes the suffragists' campaign.The book is published ahead of 2018 - a landmark year that marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act. This finally gave the vote to some women for the first time (women over 30, who owned property) and also gave the vote to all men (up until then, only about two-thirds of men had the vote). The Houses of Parliament are celebrating this centenary with their 'Vote 100' project. 2018 will also be the 90th anniversary of women gaining full voting equality with men in 1928.

Other books by Sarah Ridley

Florence Nightingale Social Reformer and Pioneer of Nursing

Florence Nightingale Social Reformer and Pioneer of Nursing

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/01/2020

Perfect for children aged 8+, this accessible biography of Florence Nightingale's life shows us why we still remember her today - 200 years after her birth (May 1820). Not only did Florence improve the lives of British soldiers wounded in the Crimean War, but as a professional and hard-working, extremely clever public-health reformer she led the establishment of a training school for nurses, better designed hospitals, improved sanitation and the idea of healthcare for all (leading eventually to the NHS). All this at a time when girls and women were expected to live their lives in the private sphere of marriage and home. The book is packed with images of objects, photographs and sketches to illuminate her life story, including her pet owl, her wooden lunchbox and her travelling medicine chest. Then there are her books, and her endless lists and reports (she was fantastic with statistics), and of course the famous Turkish lantern she bought from a market in Istanbul and used to light her way down the corridors and wards of the military hospital at Scutari.

Follow the Food Chain: Who Ate the Butterfly? A Rainforest Food Chain

Follow the Food Chain: Who Ate the Butterfly? A Rainforest Food Chain

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2019

All living things need food to give them energy to live. Plants that make their own food and animals that eat plants or other plant-eating animals are linked together by many different food chains. This book looks at a food chain in a Central American rainforest. The text introduces young children to the scientific vocabulary associated with food chains and big, beautiful photographs bring the rainforest food chain to life. The Follow the Food Chain series helps children aged 6 and up to explore food chains and webs in a range of habitats, from an ocean to a pond and from a rainforest to a desert. Titles in the 4-book series are: Who Ate the Butterfly?, Who Ate the Frog?, Who Ate the Penguin? and Who Ate the Snake?.

Follow the Food Chain: Who Ate the Frog? A Pond Food Chain

Follow the Food Chain: Who Ate the Frog? A Pond Food Chain

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2019

All living things need food to give them energy to live. Plants that make their own food and animals that eat plants or other plant-eating animals are linked together by many different food chains. This book looks at a pond food chain. The text introduces young children to the scientific vocabulary associated with food chains and big, beautiful photographs bring the pond food chain to life. The Follow the Food Chain series helps children aged 6 and up to explore food chains and webs in a range of habitats, from an ocean to a pond and from a rainforest to a desert. Titles in the 4-book series are: Who Ate the Butterfly?, Who Ate the Frog?, Who Ate the Penguin? and Who Ate the Snake?.

Tell Me What You Remember: Sport

Tell Me What You Remember: Sport

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2019

Explore changes in recent history through people's memories, and personal and archive photographs. Many people remember sporting events - whether they were watching them or participating. This book gives young children access to people's memories alongside photographs to help them build up a picture of the past. From sport at school to big sporting events such as the 1966 Football World Cup, young children can explore what has changed and what remains the same. The book is part of the 'Tell me what you remember' series, which explores changes in living memory through photographs and memories. It is a perfect teaching tool for KS1 or for children up to aged 5+. Titles include Clothes, Family Life, Food, Pastime and Toys, School and Sport.

Tell Me What You Remember: Clothes

Tell Me What You Remember: Clothes

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2019

Explore changes in recent history through people's memories, and personal and archive photographs. Fashions changes all the time but what we wore can tell us a lot about the times we lived in. From clothes rationing, making do and mending to 1990s fashion, this book gives young children access to people's memories alongside photographs to help them build up a picture of the past. This book is part of the 'Tell me what you remember' series, which explores changes in living memory through photographs and anecdotes. It is a perfect teaching tool for KS1 or for children up to age 7.

Follow the Food Chain: Who Ate the Penguin? An Ocean Food Chain

Follow the Food Chain: Who Ate the Penguin? An Ocean Food Chain

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2019

All living things need food to give them energy to live. Plants that make their own food and animals that eat plants or other plant-eating animals are linked together by many different food chains. This book looks at an ocean food chain in Antarctica. The text introduces young children to the scientific vocabulary associated with food chains and big, beautiful photographs bring the ocean food chain to life. The Follow the Food Chain series helps children aged 6 and up to explore food chains and webs in a range of habitats, from an ocean to a pond and from a rainforest to a desert. Titles in the 4-book series are: Who Ate the Butterfly?, Who Ate the Frog?, Who Ate the Penguin? and Who Ate the Snake?.

Follow the Food Chain: Who Ate the Snake? A Desert Food Chain

Follow the Food Chain: Who Ate the Snake? A Desert Food Chain

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2019

All living things need food to give them energy to live. Plants that make their own food and animals that eat plants or other plant-eating animals are linked together by many different food chains. This book looks at a desert food chain in Arizona, USA. The text introduces young children to the scientific vocabulary associated with food chains and big, beautiful photographs bring the desert food chain to life. The Follow the Food Chain series helps children aged 6 and up to explore food chains and webs in a range of habitats, from an ocean to a pond and from a rainforest to a desert. Titles in the 4-book series are: Who Ate the Butterfly?, Who Ate the Frog?, Who Ate the Penguin? and Who Ate the Snake?.

Tell Me What You Remember: Pastimes and Toys

Tell Me What You Remember: Pastimes and Toys

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2019

Explore changes in recent history through people's memories, and personal and archive photographs. Everyone has memories of the toys they played with and the pastimes they had when they were growing up. This book gives young children access to people's memories alongside photographs to help them build up a picture of the past. From teddy bears and construction toys to dressing up and playing outside young children can explore what has changed and what remains popular. This book is part of the 'Tell me what you remember' series, which explores changes in living memory through photographs and anecdotes. It is a perfect teaching tool for KS1 or for children up to age

Tell Me What You Remember: School

Tell Me What You Remember: School

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2019

Explore changes in recent history through people's memories, and personal and archive photographs. Everyone has memories of their school days. This book gives young children access to people's memories alongside photographs to help them build up a picture of the past. From nursery education to the transition to secondary school, young children can explore what has changed and what remains the same. This book is part of the 'Tell me what you remember' series, which explores changes in living memory through photographs and anecdotes. It is a perfect teaching tool for KS1 or for children up to age

Remembering the Fallen of the First World War

Remembering the Fallen of the First World War

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

Remembering the Fallen of the First World War takes a fascinating and detailed look at how servicemen killed during the First World War were commemorated. Beginning during the war itself, the book investigates the options available at the time - repatriation and normal burial were intially considered, but the sheer number of the dead precluded this, so cemeteries close the battlefields became the only realistic option. The book chronicles the work of Sir Fabian Ware and the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission in setting up permanent and beautifully maintained cemeteries after the war as well as local war memorials, plaques in churches, books of remembrance and so forth. The book also includes poetry written and artwork created to honour the fallen, and offers advice on how young readers can find their ancestors' war graves. A must have book on World War One for ages 11 and up.

Tell Me What You Remember: Food

Tell Me What You Remember: Food

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2019

Explore changes in recent history through people's memories, and personal and archive photographs. Everyone has memories of the food they ate they had when they were growing up. This book gives young children access to people's memories alongside photographs to help them build up a picture of the past. From family meals to wartime rationing young children can explore what has changed and what remains the same. The book is part of the 'Tell me what you remember' series, which explores changes in living memory through photographs and memories. It is a perfect teaching tool for KS1 or for children up to age 7.

Tell Me What You Remember: Family Life

Tell Me What You Remember: Family Life

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2019

Explore changes in recent history through people's memories, and personal and archive photographs. Everyone has memories of their early family life. This book gives young children access to people's memories alongside photographs to help them build up a picture of the past. From wartime families to holidays and family celebrations, young children can explore what has changed and what remains the same. The book is part of the 'Tell me what you remember' series, which explores changes in living memory through photographs and memories. It is a perfect teaching tool for KS1 or for children up to age 7.

The Somme

The Somme

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/04/2019

For many people the word 'Somme' sums up the carnage and futility of the First World War. The failure of Allied forces to achieve their objectives at such a huge cost in human lives has resonated in military circles for the past 100 years. This book tells the story of the battle and its wider repercussions, and analyses its importance to the overall outcome of the First World War. The Somme investigates the build-up to the battle, why leaders thought the action was necessary and what they thought it would achieve. It looks at the forces involved, including the 'Pals' battalions - patriotic friends who fought, and more often than not died, together. Although not a straightforward timeline, the book outlines the actual course of the battle beginning on 1 July 1916 and the impact of the continuing slaughter on both sides. Quotes from those who took part offer a glimpse of what it must have been like to be there, and maps show how little was actually achieved in terms of a breakthrough. Poetry, art and music inspired by the Somme campaign bring the soldiers' harrowing experiences to life. Suitable for readers aged 11 and up.

Meet the Minibeasts

Meet the Minibeasts

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/04/2019

Become a minibeast expert with this easy-to-understand guide to the wonderful and important creatures that live beside us. Have you ever wondered what the difference between a moth and a butterfly is? Or have you ever thought about how bees live together? This fascinating and comprehensive book for children aged 6+ is full of interesting facts and brilliant photographs. It also features guides to spotting your favourite minibeast in their natural habitats. Minibeasts covered: ants, aphids, bees, beetles, bugs, butterflies, centipedes, cicadas, crickets, damselflies, dragonflies, earwigs, flies, grasshoppers, harvestmen, millipedes, mites, moths, pond skaters, slugs, snails, spiders, termites, ticks, wasps, woodlice, worms.

In the Animal Kingdom: Amphibians Live on Land and in Water

In the Animal Kingdom: Amphibians Live on Land and in Water

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/01/2019

This book explores what makes an animal an amphibian - how their characteristics are different from other groups of animals. It shows many examples of different types of amphibian in their natural environment. The simple text, suitable for children aged 5+, is accompanied by large, attractive photographs. For children progressing through book bands it is suitable for reading at level 8: Purple. This book is part of the 'In the Animal Kingdom' series which explores the classification of animals. Why not look for them all: Amphibians Live on Land and in Water; Birds Have Feathers; Fish Live in Water; Reptiles Have Scaly Skin; Invertebrates Have No Backbone; Mammals Have Hair.

In the Animal Kingdom: Fish Live in Water

In the Animal Kingdom: Fish Live in Water

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/01/2019

This book explores what makes an animal a fish - how their characteristics are different from other groups of animals. It shows many examples of different types of fish in their natural environment. The simple text, suitable for children aged 5+, is accompanied by large, attractive photographs. For children progressing through book bands it is suitable for reading at level 8: Purple. This book is part of the 'In the Animal Kingdom' series which explores the classification of animals. Why not look for them all: Amphibians Live on Land and Water; Birds Have Feathers; Fish Live in Water; Reptiles Have Scaly Skin; Invertebrates Have No Backbone; Mammals Have Hair.

Suffragettes and the Fight for the Vote

Suffragettes and the Fight for the Vote

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/01/2019

This book tells the story of the campaign to get women the vote in Britain through 14 significant objects. From photos of key people in the campaign through ephemera such as force-feeding equipment, banners and medallions Sarah Ridley brings the story to life. Beginning by looking at the role of women in the 19th Century and ending with the continuing struggle for equal rights for women in all parts of society, this is an essential read for young people aged 10 plus to understand the history of the women's movement on suffrage. 2018 was a landmark year that marked the centenary of the Representation of the People Act. This finally gave the vote to some women for the first time (women over 30, who owned property) and also gave the vote to all men (up until then, only about two-thirds of men had the vote). The Houses of Parliament celebrated this centenary with their 'Vote 100' project. 2018 was also be the 90th anniversary of women gaining full voting equality with men in 1928.

In the Animal Kingdom: Invertebrates Have No Backbone

In the Animal Kingdom: Invertebrates Have No Backbone

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/2018

This book explores what makes an animal an invertebrate - how their characteristics are different from other groups of animals. It shows many examples of different types of invertebrate in their natural environment. The simple text, suitable for children aged 5+, is accompanied by large, attractive photographs. For children progressing through book bands it is suitable for reading at level 8: Purple. This book is part of the 'In the Animal Kingdom' series which explores the classification of animals. Why not look for them all: Amphibians Live on Land and Water; Birds Have Feathers; Fish Live in Water; Reptiles Have Scaly Skin; Invertebrates Have No Backbone; Mammals Have Hair.

In the Animal Kingdom: Reptiles Have Scaly Skin

In the Animal Kingdom: Reptiles Have Scaly Skin

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/2018

This book explores what makes an animal a reptile - how their characteristics are different from other groups of animals. It shows many examples of different types of reptiles in their natural environment. The simple text, suitable for children aged 5+, is accompanied by large, attractive photographs. For children progressing through book bands it is suitable for reading at level 8: Purple. This book is part of the 'In the Animal Kingdom' series which explores the classification of animals. Why not look for them all: Amphibians Live on Land and Water; Birds Have Feathers; Fish Live in Water; Reptiles Have Scaly Skin; Invertebrates Have No Backbone; Mammals Have Hair.

In the Animal Kingdom: Birds Have Feathers

In the Animal Kingdom: Birds Have Feathers

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/09/2018

This book explores what makes an animal a bird - how their characteristics are different from other groups of animals. It shows many examples of different types of birds in their natural environment. The simple text, suitable for children aged 5+, is accompanied by large, attractive photographs. For children progressing through book bands it is suitable for reading at band 8: Purple. This book is part of the 'In the Animal Kingdom' series which explores the classification of animals. Why not look for them all: Amphibians Live on Land and Water; Birds Have Feathers; Fish Live in Water; Reptiles Have Scaly Skin; Invertebrates Have No Backbone; Mammals Have Hair.

In the Animal Kingdom: Mammals Have Hair

In the Animal Kingdom: Mammals Have Hair

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/09/2018

This book explores what makes an animal a mammal - how their characteristics are different from other groups of animals. It shows many examples of different types of mammals in their natural environment. The simple text, suitable for children aged 5+, is accompanied by large, attractive photographs. For children progressing through book bands it is suitable for reading at band 8: Purple. This book is part of the 'In the Animal Kingdom' series which explores the classification of animals. Why not look for them all: Amphibians Live on Land and Water; Birds Have Feathers; Fish Live in Water; Reptiles Have Scaly Skin; Invertebrates Have No Backbone; Mammals Have Hair.

Where Food Comes From: Seeds to Bread

Where Food Comes From: Seeds to Bread

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/03/2018

Bread is an everyday food, but do you know where it come from and how it ends up on the supermarket shelves? Follow the story of a loaf of bread, through wheat farming to the manufacturing process. The simple text in this book, suitable for children aged 5+, is accompanied by large, attractive photographs. For children progressing through Book Bands, it is suitable for reading at level 8: Purple. Where food comes from is a series for young children aged 5+, helping them question where their food comes from. It uncovers the role of farmers and others and begins an exploration of food groups. Children studying science topics including how plants change over time and healthy eating will also find these books useful.

Where Food Comes From: Beans to Chocolate

Where Food Comes From: Beans to Chocolate

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/03/2018

Everyone loves chocolate, but do you know where it come from and how it ends up on the supermarket shelves? Follow the story of fair trade chocolate from bean to bar, through the farming process to manufacturing. The simple text in this book, suitable for children aged 5+, is accompanied by large, attractive photographs. For children progressing through Book Bands, it is suitable for reading at level 8: Purple. Where food comes from is a series for young children, helping them question where their food comes from. It uncovers the role of farmers and others and begins an exploration of food groups. Children studying science topics including how plants change over time and healthy eating will also find these books useful.

Where Food Comes From: Blossom to Apple

Where Food Comes From: Blossom to Apple

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/01/2018

Apples are a tasty food, but do you know where they come from and how they end up on the supermarket shelves? Follow the story of an apple from the first pink buds on an apple tree, through the farming process to packing houses and eventually to your fruit bowl! The simple text in this book, suitable for children aged 5+, is accompanied by large, attractive photographs. Where food comes from is a series for young children, helping them question where their food comes from. It uncovers the role of farmers and others and begins an exploration of food groups. Children studying science topics including how plants change over time and healthy eating will also find these books useful.

Where Food Comes From: Bee to Honey

Where Food Comes From: Bee to Honey

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/01/2018

Honey is a tasty food, but do you know where it comes from and how it ends up on the supermarket shelves? Follow the story of honey from the worker bees visiting flowers, through what happens in the hive and the collection process to a jar in your cupboard! The simple text in this book, suitable for children aged 5+, is accompanied by large, attractive photographs. Where food comes from is a series for young children, helping them question where their food comes from. It uncovers the role of bee keepers and others and begins an exploration of food groups. Children studying science topics including how plants change over time and healthy eating will also find these books useful.

Super Scientists: Marie Curie

Super Scientists: Marie Curie

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2017

Marie Curie tells the life story of this key scientific figure - covering her origins as the daughter of a Polish teacher through to her work on radioactivity, winning the Nobel Prize, her professorship at the Sorbonne and her amazing legacy to science today. Super Scientists is a series of first biographies introducing some of the world's great scientists, retelling their life stories and explaining why their work was important. Illustrated with archive images and photographs, the chronology of each lifetime is emphasised by a timeline that runs through the book. Breakthrough panels highlight key discoveries or invite children to try out simple related experiments. Perfect for readers aged 5 and up.

Super Scientists: Isaac Newton

Super Scientists: Isaac Newton

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2017

Isaac Newton tells the life story of this key scientific figure - covering his origins as the son of a farmer through to his work in mechanics, optics and mathematics, his famous gravitational studies, and his enduring legacy today. Super Scientists is a series of first biographies introducing some of the world's great scientists, retelling their life story and explaining why their work was important. Illustrated with archive images and photographs, the chronology of each lifetime is emphasised by a timeline that runs through the book. Breakthrough panels highlight key discoveries or invite children to try out simple related experiments. Perfect for readers aged 5 and up.

Super Scientists: Galileo Galilei

Super Scientists: Galileo Galilei

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2017

Galileo Galilei tells the story of 'the father of science' - covering his origins as the son of a musician through his work in astronomy and optics, his troubles with the Church and his enduring legacy today. Super Scientists are first biographies introducing some of the world's great scientists, simply retelling their lives and explaining why their work was important. Illustrated with archive images and photographs, the chronology of each lifetime is emphasised by a timeline that runs through the book. Breakthrough panels highlight key discoveries or invite children to try out simple related experiments. Ideal for children aged 6 and up.

Super Scientists: David Attenborough

Super Scientists: David Attenborough

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2017

David Attenborough tells the story of this colourful scientific figure - covering his origins as the son of a Cambridge don through his work in natural history and broadcasting, his famous educational documentaries and his enduring scientific and popular legacy today. Super Scientists are first biographies introducing some of the world's great scientists, simply retelling their lives and explaining why their work was vital. Illustrated with archive images and photographs, the chronology of each lifetime is emphasised by a timeline that runs through the book.

Super Scientists: Charles Darwin

Super Scientists: Charles Darwin

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2016

Charles Darwin tells the story of this key scientific figure, covering his origins as the son of a wealthy doctor, to his famous voyage on HMS Beagle, the development of his evolutionary theories and the publication of On the Origin of Species to his death and burial in Westminster Abbey. Super Scientists are first biographies introducing some of the world's great scientists, simply retelling their lives and explaining why their work was important. Illustrated with archive images and photographs, the chronology of each lifetime is emphasised by a timeline that runs through the book.

The Somme

The Somme

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2016

For many people the word 'Somme' sums up the carnage and futility of the First World War. The failure of Allied forces to achieve their objectives at such a huge cost in human lives has resonated in military circles for the past 100 years. This book tells the story of the battle and its wider repercussions, and analyses its importance to the overall outcome of the First World War. The Somme investigates the build-up to the battle, why leaders thought the action was necessary and what they thought it would achieve. It looks at the forces involved, including the 'Pals' battalions - patriotic friends who fought, and more often than not died, together. Although not a straightforward timeline, the book outlines the actual course of the battle beginning on 1 July 1916 and the impact of the continuing slaughter on both sides. Quotes from those who took part offer a glimpse of what it must have been like to be there, and maps show how little was actually achieved in terms of a breakthrough. Poetry, art and music inspired by the Somme campaign bring the soldiers' harrowing experiences to life. Suitable for readers aged 11 and up.

Tell Me What You Remember: Sport

Tell Me What You Remember: Sport

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/09/2015

Many people remember sporting events - whether they were watching them or participating. This book gives young children access to people's memories alongside photographs to help them build up a picture of the past. From sport at school to big sporting events such as the 1966 Football World Cup, young children can explore what has changed and what remains the same. The book is part of the 'Tell me what you remember' series, which explores changes in living memory through photographs and memories. It is a perfect teaching tool for KS1 or for children up to age 7.

History Makers: Anne Frank

History Makers: Anne Frank

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/05/2015

An engaging first-look at some of the most important and influential people in history. Anne Frank is famous for her diary, which she wrote during occupied Eurpoe during the Scond World War. An inspirational child who's story has touched the hearts and conscience of millions.

Brothers at War - A First World War Family History

Brothers at War - A First World War Family History

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2014

At the turn of the 20th century four brothers were born to the Baker family, Lionel, Arthur, Maurice and Harold. Over a hundred years later Eliza, one of Arthur Baker's great-grandchildren, and her mother, Sarah, decided to find out about these ancestors. They delved into the past to uncover for themselves the story of Lionel, Arthur and Maurice during the First World War. Using letters sent from the Western Front, a diary written in a prisoner of war camp and a wealth of authentic sources, including family photographs, Eliza and Sarah uncover their fascinating family history of the First World War. Produced in association with the Imperial War Museum, this is a great resource for readers aged 12 and up.

Dear Jelly: Family Letters from the First World War

Dear Jelly: Family Letters from the First World War

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

The moving story of two brothers who fought in the First World War through the real letters, complete with hand-drawn cartoons, they sent to their sisters. Like so many families across the world, the Semple family were split apart by the First World War. While William and Robert were fighting the Germans in France, their younger sisters, Mabel and Jelly (Eileen), had to carry on with school back in England. To keep in touch, they wrote letters. The sisters treasured these letters, which gave snapshots of their brothers' lives as soldiers. Many of the letters included cartoon illustrations to amuse the sisters. The book presents these letters with their illustrations. After each letter the author has written a short commentary, drawing out the facts about the war that can be taken from it. Altogether the book is a powerful and moving record of one family's experience of the First World War and a moving read for readers aged nine and up. A powerful, moving record of one family's first-hand experience of the First World War. - Education Today

Espresso: Ideas Box: Water

Espresso: Ideas Box: Water

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/04/2013

Join Polly, Kim and the rest of the Espresso team to find out all about water. Explore where our tap water comes from, how water makes electricity and what a monsoon is. Plus learn to paint like the Impressionists, make a cloud in a jam jar and much more! This book is part of the Espresso Ideas Box series, which have a wealth of information and ideas for exploring topics in a cross-curricular way. They are produced in association with Espresso Education, the leading digital curriculum service in the UK - used in over 10,000 primary schools.

History Snapshots: Toys and Games

History Snapshots: Toys and Games

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2011

This series brings history alive with fascinating photographs that reveal the lives of everyday people. From marbles to computer games, Toys and Games allows readers to explore the enduring appeal of toys and games and to compare and contrast them through the ages.

History Snapshots: Children and World War II

History Snapshots: Children and World War II

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2011

What was life like for children in Britain during World War II? This book, for children aged 6+, explores their lives through photographs and a simple text. It asks children to become history detectives themselves by studying the photographs. Topics include evacuation, school life, the Blitz and rationing. It is suitable for children studying the Primary History curriculum. Other books in the series include The Seaside, Toys and Games and The Victorians.

How It's Made: A Chocolate Bar

How It's Made: A Chocolate Bar

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2009

Follow the story of fair-trade chocolate from bean to bar! A simple text and clear photographs show each stage of the process. Panels alongside explain the history of chocolate and look at what fair trade means and how it works. The book was produced with the help of the Divine Chocolate. Divine is the only fairtrade chocolate company which is owned by its cocoa farmers.

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