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War Game by Michael Foreman
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Feb 23, 10

bookshelves: art-medium-watercolor
Recommended for: 4th grade and up
Read in February, 2010

The cheery watercolors of this book belie the grim topic and ending, even though there is a Christmas truce in the middle (also subject of the new book Truce, whose review by Elizabeth Bird led me to this one). This longer picture book for older elementary does a good job of presenting the gritty realities of life in the WWI trenches without preaching. The propaganda posters and photos are included with no explanation and are quite chilling ("Even a dog enlists. Why not you?" etc).

"Freddie, being a goalkeeper and therefore a bit daft, walked out [into No Man's Land:] and shook hands with him."

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