Children's Literature - Greg M. RomaneckThe Mediterranean Sea represented the focus of a great deal of attention during World War II. Along the North African shoreline were territories that were to see fierce desert fighting. Islands such as Crete and Sicily were the sites of tough fighting as invading forces clashed with determined defenders. The Italian Peninsula also saw difficult fighting as Allied attackers sought to dislodge stubborn Germans from mountaintop positions. It is the Mediterranean theater that author Gary Jeffrey addresses in this volume of his five-book illustrated series dealing with World War II. Like other books in this series, as well as the author’s World War I companion set, the focus of the narrative is on three separate true life stories of fighting men. Each story is told in a graphic novel format featuring realistic illustrations and terse dialog. In this manner the author introduces his audience to a British soldier defending Crete against enemy paratroopers, a Canadian infantry commander determined to take an Italian town, and a Commonwealth tank commander fighting during the Battle of El-Alamein. Each story is well-told and based upon the writings or reminiscences of the actual participants. The illustrations are excellent and bring these tales to life. Combined, the text and visual imagery will appeal to readers and help them better appreciate an important part of our history. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck; Ages 10 to 13.
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