When We Were Young: A Compendium of Childhood

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In John Burningham’s enchanting compendium of childhood, the well-known and the unknown contribute funny, moving, magical, and sometimes dark childhood memories. Among them are Michael Palin’s account of his first family seaside holiday, Donna Tartt’s affecting encounter with a hummingbird, and Seamus Heaney’s recollection of a crashed Cadbury’s chocolate truck. Whether the childhoods are from the war years or later, from the town or the country, ordinary or unbelievable, the book is full of rare insights into ...

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Overview

In John Burningham’s enchanting compendium of childhood, the well-known and the unknown contribute funny, moving, magical, and sometimes dark childhood memories. Among them are Michael Palin’s account of his first family seaside holiday, Donna Tartt’s affecting encounter with a hummingbird, and Seamus Heaney’s recollection of a crashed Cadbury’s chocolate truck. Whether the childhoods are from the war years or later, from the town or the country, ordinary or unbelievable, the book is full of rare insights into the “other country” of the past. Woven into the mix is a rich selection of quotations and more than 50 of John Burningham’s witty and distinctive illustrations.

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This delightful collection, compiled by children's author and illustrator Burningham (Avocado Baby), presents the childhood memories of contributors both well known and obscure. Kofi Annan recalls learning to focus on the positive from his school days in Ghana, C.S. Lewis tells his childhood nightmares, and Winston Churchill reminisces about his first day at boarding school. But most touching are the accounts from World War II. When Tom Maschler heard a loud knock at the door while a child in Berlin, he knew that Nazi soldiers had come for his father. Sylvia Syms remembers that as soon as war was declared, she was sent with her brother and sister from her parents in London, a dislocation that caused her problems into adulthood. These sometimes witty, sometimes poignant selections reinforce the importance of childhood and the durability of those early memories. They also serve as a reminder of the impact of war on the young. Photographs are dispersed throughout, as are a number of Burningham's own clever illustrations. Particularly fitting is the donation of all royalties to UNICEF. Enthusiastically recommended for all large public libraries.-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780747576631
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,436,838
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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