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The General

Written by Michael Foreman

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A recommendation from our Guest Editor, September 2020, Michael Morpurgo, MBE

I think this was Michael Foreman’s first book, written and illustrated by him. Written under the threat of the Cold War, it is a powerful and compelling plea for peace, as important today as it ever was. - Michael Morpurgo


As relevant as when it was first published, Michael Foreman’s very first book is beautifully reissued in this 50th anniversary edition. General Jodpur loves to train his soldiers making them the best fighting force in the world. But, one day, he discovers the beauty of the countryside and realises that saving the flowers and trees and creatures who live in them is more important than fighting. An important message delivered in striking pictures.


The General Synopsis

There once was a general who fell off his horse, only to discover the beauty of flowers and nature. From that day on, he vowed to change the world around him by embracing peace. Created in 1961 — and retaining the essence of that decade — this picture book illustrated by three-time Kate Greenaway Medal winner Michael Foreman is lovingly restored in a beautiful edition sure to appeal to longtime fans and new readers alike.

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ISBN: 9781848771604
Publication date: 01/09/2013
Publisher: Templar Publishing
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781848771536
Publication date: 01/02/2010
Publisher: Templar Publishing
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848771536
Publication date: 1st February 2010
Author: Michael Foreman
Publisher: Templar Publishing
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 5+ readers

About Michael Foreman

Michael Foreman was our Guest Editor in March 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing. Michael Foreman was born in Suffolk in 1938, and studied at Lowestoft School of Art, St Martin’s, London, and the Royal College of Art, where he won a scholarship to the USA in 1963. He has worked as an Art Director at Playboy and King magazines and still works as Art Editor of the literary journal Ambit. He has also made animated films in Scandinavia and for the BBC. His first book, The General, (a picture book published in 1961), dealt ...

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