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Dear Jelly: Family Letters from the First World War

Written by Sarah Ridley

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Dear Jelly: Family Letters from the First World War Synopsis

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.

Dear Jelly: Family Letters from the First World War Press Reviews

A good introduction to the Western Front... a welcome contrast to the 'mud and blood' content of many books on the war in France and Flanders.  School Librarian

Ridley's approach is helpful in showing us events at a personal level. She has been meticulous in her research, not only in tracking down the letters but also in contextualising them.  Books for Keeps

An engaging way to bring everyday realities of the First World War to life for a young audience.  English Association

A powerful, moving record of one family's first-hand experience of the First World War.  Education Today 

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ISBN: 9781445128177
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Publisher: Franklin Watts Ltd an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781445128177
Publication date: 2nd January 2014
Author: Sarah Ridley
Publisher: Franklin Watts Ltd an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Historical Fiction, Warfare / Battles

About Sarah Ridley

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 ...

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