A medic is sent to the front lines in the trenches of World War I. There he writes a letter to his young son describing in careful words what he does, the people he meets, and what he sees. Stark and beautiful drawings depict more fully what the letter only hints at. The Letter Home is a fable of war for all time. It marks the debut of a startling new talent.
|Product dimensions:||9.00(w) x 7.00(h) x (d)|
|Lexile:||550L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Timothy Decker has a degree in Fine Art with a concentration in drawing. He spent several years engaged in large-format and landscape photography. His work has appeared in various exhibitions. He traveled extensively until 2004, when he settle
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Be sure to read the inside jacket summary prior to the book to set the stage for reading. The story is told in a father's protective perspective to his son, but the story behind the story is told through the illustrations. The pen and ink drawings portray more of a realistic historical view of WWI and the events leading to the armistice (prelude to peace). The simplicity of the letter protects the reader (his son) from the true horrors and hardships that the main character (the father)experiences during his medic tour of duty in Europe.
With spare, simple words and images, Tim Decker has given his readers a story book about war that is neither evasive nor dishonest. The pen-and-ink art is simple, yet elegant, suiting the subect matter perfectly. But the real story here lies in the gulf between what the father writes to his son, and what he's actually seen, and what goes said and unsaid between adults and children, fathers and sons.
The Letter Home is a poignant look at the First World War seen through the images conjured from a letter sent to a child waiting for a father in the service to return home. Done with the care that a parent would lavish on a child, the tone and imagery convey the reality of war time without indulging in the violence. The books succeeds on two levels. The Letter Home brings to light an often ignored era and it makes the concept of the World War, without demeaning the spirit of those who fought in it and lessening the tragedy of the loss of life, understandable to a younger audience. Having said all of that, it would be remiss to not comment on the artwork with which the story is conveyed. The eloquent black ink strokes evoke a spare sense of simplicity for such a complex theme. The striking emotions conveyed through the characters faces and scenes through which they travel seem larger than the small panels. Bravo! Write and draw more, we are waiting. . .