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In Flanders Fields

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A young WWI soldier risks his life to rescue a bird.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 15th 2003 by Simply Read Books (first published December 1st 2002)
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Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker)
Picture books about war always make a difficult read, and this one is no exception. Set during the now famous Christmas Day ceasefire in the trenches of World War 1. A soldier is moved by the plight of a little robin stuck in the barbed wire fencing. And we are moved by both of them, and this book not for the younger picture book reading set.
Jun 19, 2009 marked it as to-read
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Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Moving short story about the Christmas truce of 1914.
J.B. Thomas
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This stands out among picture books. I loved the gentle yet emotive language. It was even subtle - yet hard hitting in its meaning. Lovely artwork and well-chosen words.
Edward Sullivan
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
A moving story about a simple act of compassion in the midst of carnage and devastation on the battlefield.
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is still on of my favourite picture books... the story it holds is beautiful for such a dark time in history this story bring a little lightness and warmth and the art work is simply breathtaking
Wilde Sky
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
A man risks his life to save a bird.

I thought this was a good short story, the illustrations were a bit 'adult' for a book aimed at children.

Reading time around twenty minutes.
Linda Lingard
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A picture book that tells a simple story of soldiers during the war. It's Christmas eve, a young solder sees a red-breasted robin trapped in the barb wires. Risking his life to free it, he reminds both sides of their humanity. Black and white ink drawings illustrate this book with the only colour provided by the robin effectively dramatise this story. The Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year.
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: homeschooling
This book is a story about a soldier during WWI who sees a robin struggling in the barbed wire and ventures out into no-man's land to rescue it.

Although it is called In Flanders Fields, it is not the famous poem that was written during that time, but instead includes only a verse from that poem.
A simple but powerful story about one soldier and a robin on Christmas Day durig WW I.

This will be a great book to use with classes between Remembrance Day and Christmas.
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Norman was born in Broome in 1954, the eldest of four brothers, and lived in several country towns throughout Western Australia during his childhood. At the age of ten his family moved to Kalamunda, in the hills above Perth. Norman became an avid reader after being given The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton at age seven. His love affair with books has never ended and for the past twenty-five years Norm ...more