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This is the story of two little Belgian refugees and is based upon the actual experience of two Belgian children. Lucy Fitch Perkins' Belgian Twins is set in a "sad hour of the world's history." Her focus in this book was on the people "who, throughout the struggle, have gone about their daily tasks with unfailing courage and cheerfulness, and by so doing have helped to ca ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published May 25th 2007 by Bluewater Publishing (first published 1917)
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Jesse Adams
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it
The Belgian Twins, by Lucy Fitch Perkins, is a book written about the adventure of two young twins, a brother and sister, as Belgium is invaded by Germany during World War 1. The story shows how the people of Belgium reacted to the invasion and their strength during. The twins, Jan and Marie, must find the courage to leave their home and embark on a journey without losing hope that they will find their parents. Throughout the story, Perkins depicts the harshness of the war in subtle ways, as suc ...more
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Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I was very surprised by The Belgian Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins. This 1917 novel tells the story of two Belgian refugees--two children, a boy and a girl, Jan and Marie or Janke and Mie. This isn't a quaint historical book. No, it was contemporary. The book tells of the German army invading Belgium, disrupting if not destroying the villages and farms in their path. The twins' father joined the army when the first rumors of invasion came. The twins become separated from their mother when the Germa ...more
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Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was a about ten years old..for some reason something about this book haunted me and never left me. This afternoon I was sitting and reading a book by Phillip Lopate and images of the Belgian Twins kept on flashing before me. I searched for it on the internet and now I am reading it once more!!!
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Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This is one of the first books I can remember reading. My father told me he had read it when he was a boy. He was born in 1917 so the book would have been almost new when he read it. This book showed me a place and time very far from my own.
Kathy
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Based on true events, this little story is a delight to read. One gets a real feel for the plight of the Belgians during WWI, as seen through the eyes of two children. Highly recommended.
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This was a terrific kids books about a period of history often forgotten in modern times. In my classic readings over the last year I have often come across references to Belgium in WWI. Beyond a few snippets I picked up in school I knew virtually nothing about the terrible actions of Germany against Belgium at this time. So despite being a children’s book this was quite an educational read.
Written in 1917 and supposedly based on a true story, it must have had quite an impact on its young reade
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From a book jacket: "In 1910, at a crowded school in a poor section of Chicago, Lucy Fitch Perkins found children from twenty-seven different countries learning together. This experience instilled in her a vivid awareness of the task that faced American teachers: to bring out of this potpourri of races one unified nation. Her idea grew into a series of stories, some with geographical backgrounds, ...more

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