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Christmas Truce

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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 ...

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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.

TEACHERS AND LIBRARIANS -- A READER'S THEATER SCRIPT OF THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE FREE ON AARON'S WEB SITE.

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Aaron Shepard's many books for young people have won honors from the American Library Association, the New York Public Library, the Bank Street College of Education, the American Folklore Society, and the National Council for the Social Studies. Visit him at www.aaronshep.com.

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 www.wendyedelson.com.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780938497622
  • Publisher: Shepard Publications
  • Publication date: 9/1/2014
  • Pages: 30
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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  • Posted December 8, 2014

    Christmas Truce: A Story of World War I War is such a sad thing

    Christmas Truce: A Story of World War I

    War is such a sad thing - the anger and hatred, the misery, the loss - but even during all of this, stories of love, of family and friends, of
    peace, can be found.  This is a beautiful story of some of that peace, told through a letter from Janet's brother, who was a part of this
    unofficial truce.  I must admitted that I had goosebumps and cried as this story was told, wishing that this kind of thing could still happen
    today.  The author also provides an historical account in the back.  The pictures by Wendy Edelson are beautiful and really add to the story.

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  • Posted November 29, 2014

    A delightful telling of the story of the Christmas Truce in the

    A delightful telling of the story of the Christmas Truce in the First World War from the point of view of an English soldier writing to tell his sister about what happened.

    The story is beautifully told and illustrated, a really beautiful rendition of those fantastic events when, in the midst of war, the spirit of Christmas overruled the fighting and peace reigned on the battlefields, if only for too short a while and men shared life regardless of nationality, creed or beliefs.

    Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley too 
    for letting me read this book in exchange for this, an honest review.

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