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And the Soldiers Sang by J. Patrick Lewis
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May 30, 12

bookshelves: childrens, history, picture
Read in May, 2012

It might be my family background -- Irish American; father who loved history; raised in Germany -- etc. but I never tire of the story of the Christmas Truce in WWI. It's maudlin; joyful; and dark -- all at the same time. So I was pleasantly impressed by this picture book adaptation that doesn't really shy away from the implications of taking a break from war. The illustrations are grimy; the narrator dies at the end -- but the theme of setting aside one's differences to find common ground resonates througout. Definitely for older children, but it would be a good history tie-in, providing WWI was ever taught to elementary school kids in the U.S.
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