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The Christmas Truce

Written by Carol Ann Duffy

Illustrated by David Roberts

The Christmas Truce Synopsis

Down at the Front, on a cold winter's night in 1914, amidst the worst war the world had ever seen, an inexplicable silence spread from man to man. Belief was in the air. Then the soldiers ceased fire and the magic of Christmas took hold . . . Carol Ann Duffy's brilliant poem celebrates the miraculous truce between the trenches, when enemy shook hands with enemy, shared songs, swapped gifts, even played football, and peace found a place in No Man's Land. With gorgeous colour illustrations by David Roberts, this special, full size edition of The Christmas Truce is a Christmas gift to treasure.

The Good Book Guide Review

A new anniversary edition of Duffy’s poem remembers the truce between German and British soldiers in the trenches on Christmas Day 1914. Written for children, the poem will move anyone, and the muted illustrations strike the perfect note. So Christmas dawned, wrapped in mist, to open itself and offer the day like a gift / for Harry, Hugo, Hermann, Henry, Heinz…/ with whistles, waves, cheers, shouts, laughs.

The Christmas Truce Press Reviews

A short history lesson to make children learn and grown men weep Independent on Sunday

Book Information

ISBN: 9781447218449
Publication date: 25th September 2014
Author: Carol Ann Duffy
Illustrator: David Roberts
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 48 pages

About Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester, where she is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children's Verse, the Whitbread, Forward and T. S. Eliot Prizes, and the Lannan and E. M. Forster Prize in America. She was appointed Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom in 2009. Her collections include Mean Time, Love Poems and The Bees, which won the Costa Poetry Award. Her writing for children includes Queen Munch and Queen Nibble, The Skipping-Rope Snake and The Tear Thief. She was made a DBE ...

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