sabato 8 novembre 2014

Review Christmas Truce by Aaron Shepard

Christmas Truce by Aaron Shepard
Illustrator:  Wendy Edelson
Published by Skyhook Press  on September 15, 2014
Genres: Children's Fiction
Pages: 30 Full- color illustrations  
Format: ARC 
Source: NetGalley 


Christmas Day, 1914

My dear sister Janet,

It is 2:00 in the morning and most of our men are asleep in their dugouts -- yet I could not sleep myself before writing to you of the wonderful events of Christmas Eve. In truth, what happened seems almost like a fairy tale, and if I hadn't been through it myself, I would scarce believe it. Just imagine: While you and the family sang carols before the fire there in London, I did the same with enemy soldiers here on the battlefields of France!

The Christmas Truce of 1914 is one of the most extraordinary incidents not only of World War I but of all military history. Providing inspiration for songs, books, plays, and movies, it has endured as an archetypal image of peace. Yet much about the historic event remains shrouded in myth and legend.

In this fictional letter -- illustrated in authentic detail by Wendy Edelson -- award-winning author Aaron Shepard draws from firsthand accounts of soldiers at the front to portray the truce in its true nature and spirit.

My Review

It 's the perfect book to read this Christmas because in 2014 we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The story refers to the Christmas Eve of 1914 when the British and Germans signed a tacit truce on the Western Front and celebrated Christmas together in No Man's Land. Unfortunately I had never heard of this wonderful event: I think it should be told at school when it comes to the Great War, is a great example for humanity. But I wanted to know more and I did some research on web: there are several songs that tell the story including Pipes of Peace by Paul McCartney, whose video is just this event, but also movies and books.
In this wonderful novel, Tom is a British soldier at the front. On Christmas Ni while his companions slept writes a letter to his sister in which he tells the tale of which he was the protagonist. His enemies, the Germans had made a Christmas tree and sang ...........
It 's a book short but intense, heart-warming, full of hope, love, brotherhood and friendship. In these few pages  is telling the true spirit of Christmas. To contribute to the magic of this book there are beautiful pictures by illustrator Wendy Edelson
I love it.

                                                      My rating

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Aaron Shepard is the author of One-Eye! Two-Eyes! Three-Eyes!, The Sea King’s Daughter, The Baker’s Dozen, The Legend of Lightning Larry, and many more children’s books from publishers large and small. His stories have also appeared often in Cricket magazine. Aaron’s work has been honored by the American Library Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, the American Folklore Society, the New York Public Library, and the Bank Street College of Education. He lives in Friday Harbor, Washington. Visit her at
Wendy Edelson has been honored with the Pacific Northwest Book Award, the Moonbeam Children's Book Award, and the Mom's Choice Award. Her other illustrated books include Aaron's "The Baker's Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale." Visit her at

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