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Silent Night, Holy Night: The Story of the Christmas Truce
December 1914 was grim for the thousands of soldiers who had dug into the frozen trenches on either side of Flanders Field. What lay between them in the early months of the First Great War was a field of sorrow - No Man's Land - littered with barbed wire and decaying corpses. This sober background is the setting for this very powerful and poignant true story previously kno ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 28th 2003 by Shadow Mountain
(first published October 2003)
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December 1914 thousands of soldiers were dug into the frozen trenches on either side of Flanders Field. For two days, they stopped shooting at each other, laid down their weapons, and exchanged gifts and special holiday traditions. It was a spontaneous celebration that culminated in the singing of "Silent Night." This book comes with a CD narrated by Walter Cronkite and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing Silent Night. It's a beautiful story.
I'd heard the legends of this story before, so reading a story based on the actual accounts of survivors and news was fascinating. There is a lot more to the story than what I'd heard. The only thing I didn't like was that the pictures of war at the front were a little harsh for a picture book that is ostensibly for children.
This touching bit of humanity found in the midst of the horrors of war, is a true account of the Christmas truce in 1914. The book includes a CD with the story narrated by Walter Cronkite and "Silent Night" sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Be sure to listen to the CD but also read it in its entirety. Beautiful!
Wow, what a wow. I love this (true) story. I read the chapter book for adults on the subject. This was so much more moving. Probably being concise, the story is more real. Trying to collect picture books for December book "advent" with my girls. THanks for the idea, Shauna!
I LOVE this book! I was at the concert when Walter Cronkite read this story and I was so glad to see them make it into a storybook. It has really touched me. I love the story, and the pictures are beautiful. It's one that I read often. It's a beautiful book.
Dec 10, 2008 Rayni rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
One wouldn't think of this as a picture book, but the illustrations were beautiful. What a heart-breaking book, but yet one of the goodness of mankind. I "read" it on Pearl Harbor Day.