Relive the events of June 6, 1944, through eye witness accounts that describe 20 real-life stories from the D-Day landings. This book—which presents collated photographs, personal accounts, and testimonies from all sides with full-page illustrations dramatizing individual roles—brings a key moment in history to life for young readers hearing about the event for the first time, as we commemorate its 75th anniversary. Meet:
- Company Sergeant Major Stanley Hollis, the only person to receive the Victoria Cross for their actions that day
- Lt. Richard Winter, among the first to be parachuted into action (as depicted in Band of Brothers)
- American journalist Martha Gellhorn, the only woman known to have been present, after disguising herself as a stretcher bearer
- As well as a host of other inspiring individuals who each played an important part in the turning point of World War II
From those involved in reconnaissance, planning and logistics, espionage, and development of new technology, through to the military units involved in the invasion and landings, and the subsequent phases of the invasion, this authentic retelling provides a view from every angle of the action.
|Publisher:||Wide Eyed Editions|
|Product dimensions:||11.90(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Author and academic Michael Noble runs the Centre for Hidden Histories, a military history Engagement Centre, which aims to interact with and support communities as they seek to commemorate and reflect upon events of the 20th century. It has a particular interest in the legacies of war on diverse communities, remembrance and commemoration, and identity. Seattle-based Alexander Mostov is an illustrator whose work has been featured by Google, Facebook, and the Columbus Museum of Art.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 stars. I was impressed with this children's book on D-Day. The layouts are a combination of graphic arts, photographs of real people and commentary. The color scheme is very appealing with subdued orange, blue, tan, gray and turquoise. The author made efforts to include both women, African Americans, and common people along with some of the battle leaders. A few Germans were also included in this short book. The text was clear and a glossary is included. The book covers the D-day story from many angles: journalist, nurse, parachutists, German leaders, ordinary soldiers, French citizens. The content was well organized. Noble uses language appropriate for children, while still stating the terror of the day. He talks of separate units for black and white soldiers. D-Day by Michael Noble tells an important story for people of all ages and races. The appealing graphic novel format and the concise, but broad range of stories makes it a book that all libraries should definitely have. Thanks to Netgalley and Quarto Publishing group for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I read "D-Day" on the 75th anniversary of the famous invasion, and I savored every moment while flipping through the book. This short picture book presents the stories of "bravery, sacrifice and innovation." Through the stories of those who participated in the Normandy Invasion, readers learn about the intensive efforts and collaborations everyone put into. Most of the stories are from the Allies, but few from the Axis. An interesting take to talk about this important historical event. Short texts and illustrations help young readers to get a sense of the tension behind carrying out and implementing the invasion plan without overburdening them with too much information. There are twenty stories of the soldiers and the civilians. The stories begin with short introductions about themselves and their roles in the war. Random facts, about four to five short paragraphs for each story, are scattered throughout the pages to highlight something interesting. Few random paragraphs of a couple of stories would make more sense if read in order (from left to right, top to bottom) but even reading them randomly would not cause any confusion. "D-Day" a wonderful book to own especially to those who are interested in war and military history.
A beautifully written, designed and executed book for children on this key WWII event. Loved the mix of historical photos and illustrations, plus personal stories of real people to make history come alive. 5 of 5 Hearty Stars! Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine. Pub Date 07 May 2019. #Dday #NetGalley.
A great introduction to D-Day for children's literature. Graphic Novel layout with superb pictures really add to the charm of the book. The book briefly gives background on World War II and dives deeper into the main subject of stories of actual people involved in D-day. The book portrayed many different people during the war from both sides, Allies (US, Canada, England, France, Scotland, Belgium) and Axis (Germany). It was refreshing to read about woman during the war and their role. It also touches on segregation in the US military. It also gives additional information about each person. Great for Children interested in WWII.
D-Day: Untold Stories of the Normandy Landings by Michael Noble is a fabulous history book for children ages about eight to ten. Told through the stories of diverse participants such as Major-General Percy Hobart, an engineering wizard, Stanley Hollis VC, awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery during the fighting, Waverly Bernard Woodson, Jr., a brave African-American medic, and journalist Martha Gellhorn, the only woman among the invasion force, the book provides a personal and up-close view of this critical World War II turning point. Each spread in the book contains an historical photograph and a box with a brief first person “autobiography” against a beautiful full-page illustration highlighting the action. Every time I look at the book, I see a new detail! Easy to follow and engaging text explains the theme of the spread, paratroopers and their role in the invasion, or the importance of journalists, for example. Finally, the page updates the reader on the person’s life after the war. The personal stories are arranged in such a way that they seamlessly tell the story of D-Day from early planning to right after the invasion. Noble includes many different roles, from generals to weather forecasters to front line soldiers and medics. Additionally, he has made an effort to include women and people of color as well as individuals fighting for the Germans. The text is not sensational or overly graphic, but given the subject matter, does discuss injuries and death. While the most challenging word for readers of this age might be “emplacements,” there is a two-page glossary with this and other terms with which kids may be unfamiliar. For children in this age range who are interested in history, D-Day is an absolute must. It is also a very valuable addition to any school or public library. Once more, did I say how much I loved Alexander Mostov’s illustrations?