Monday, October 1, 2012

I am in a Children's/Teen book club for librarians and teachers, and for next week's meeting we read "And the Soldiers Sang," written by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Gary Kelley.  The topic of this book is the Christmas Truce of 1914, a day when German and British troops decided to have a temporary ceasefire and celebrate Christmas together.   The story is told from the point of view of a fictional Welsh soldier, a young man who hopes that the war will soon be over so that he can come home.  There are few words, but they are carefully chosen and hit just the right chord.  To me, though, the illustrations are what really make this book memorable.  They are full of angles and shadows (a bit Picasso-esque), letting the reader into the emotional turmoil that the characters are experiencing. 

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