In Flanders Fields

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Early on Christmas morning the guns stop firing through the ruined landscape. A young soldier peers through a periscope over the top of the trench. Way out in no man’s land, he sees a small red shape moving on the barbed wire. A brightly colored robin is trapped, one wing flapping helplessly. Now in paperback, In Flanders Fields tells the story of a young homesick World War I soldier who risks his life to cross the desolate space and rescue the robin from the barbed wire that separates the opposing forces in ...

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Overview

Early on Christmas morning the guns stop firing through the ruined landscape. A young soldier peers through a periscope over the top of the trench. Way out in no man’s land, he sees a small red shape moving on the barbed wire. A brightly colored robin is trapped, one wing flapping helplessly. Now in paperback, In Flanders Fields tells the story of a young homesick World War I soldier who risks his life to cross the desolate space and rescue the robin from the barbed wire that separates the opposing forces in their trenches. Brian Harrison-Lever’s striking artwork and Norman Jorgensen’s dramatic narrative make this an eloquent, moving counterpoint to the senselessness and inhumanity of war.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-Jorgensen and Harrison-Lever have set their picture book in the gray and bloody landscape of the World War I trenches. "Early on Christmas morning the guns stop firing. A deathly silence creeps over the pitted and ruined landscape." A soldier sees a robin trapped in barbed wire and decides to rescue it, protected from the German snipers only by his white silk scarf tied to his bayonet. The illustrations perfectly reinforce the somber tone of the story-the soldiers are drawn in gray tones with touches of khaki, against which the bird shines brightly, as does the momentary triumph of the human spirit. "And as he walks away, from the trenches behind him he can hear hoarse, lonely voices beginning to sing: "Stille nacht, heilige nacht-." Although the incident may be completely fictional, the book stands as a powerful story and could easily be paired with Linda Granfield's In Flanders Fields (Stoddart, 2000) and Michael Foreman's retelling of the 1914 Christmas Day cease-fire in War Game (Arcade, 1994).-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894965835
  • Publisher: Simply Read Books
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 702,002
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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