My Secret War Diary, by Flossie Albright: My History of the Second World War 1939-1945by Marcia Williams
The year is 1939, and Britain is about to declare war on Germany. After Flossie's father joins the army, the nine-year-old girl is left to care for both her baby brother and her great-uncle. In a collage-style/b>
Marcia Williams follows a young girl's coming of age during World War II in a moving fictional journal that includes the author's own family mementos.
The year is 1939, and Britain is about to declare war on Germany. After Flossie's father joins the army, the nine-year-old girl is left to care for both her baby brother and her great-uncle. In a collage-style diary merging photos, postcards, and other memorabilia, Flossie relays events ranging from the arrival of evacuees to the wrenching news that her cousin has been killed. Her vibrant first-person narration reveals a humor and a fihting spirit that sees her through many a hardship until she welcomes her dad home at last.
Following Archie's War (Candlewick, 2007), a fictional scrapbook of World War I, Williams offers an intricately designed and intimate look at World War II, as seen through the eyes of Archie's daughter. In her "secret war diary" that chronicles the years 1939 through 1945, motherless Flossie shares her thoughts in entries filled with humor and angst. She lives in the Dorset countryside in the gardener's cottage on a small estate with her great uncle and younger brother while her father is serving in the British army. Children will quickly come to enjoy Flossie's energetic delivery and endless doodling. They will love poring over the extras-asides, sidebars, and letters found under flaps and in envelopes, that Williams has compiled to give the book the feel that one has stumbled into a real girl's private keepsake. The book's font-called Flossie-is a mix of printing and cursive that adds to the authenticity but may pose a challenge for some readers. While many American children will not be familiar with Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and singer Vera Lynn, they will come away with a great appreciation for the sacrifices of the English people as well as their resolve to carry on until peace reigns again. Children who enjoy history will be fascinated by Flossie and will undoubtedly be inspired to learn more about the events she describes.-Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA
- Candlewick Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 7.70(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Marcia Williams, the author-illustrator of ARCHIE'S WAR, has retold many classic tales in her signature comic-book style. She is also the author-illustrator of GOD AND HIS CREATIONS and HOORAY FOR INVENTORS! She lives in London.
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