The Christmas Truce.

I have just come across this beautiful book whilst rummaging through the shelves at the School Library Services.

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As Remembrance Day is nearly upon us this is a wonderful way to share the real reason why we wear poppies and remember.

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It tells the story of the Christmas truce when the war stopped, so very briefly, whilst a football match was played and peace was found…for one special day.  It is gentle and beautiful and suitable, on a very basic level, for younger children (I shared with my son aged 7 who read it himself afterwards).

It also reminded me of a grittier version of the story ‘War Game’ by Michael Foreman.

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There is also a beautiful animation version of the book.  Both I would only share with upper KS2 children as they are very moving and tackle the death of the young soldiers in a gentle, but incredibly powerful way.

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If you want your children to empathise with the loses of war then this really is the book to read.  I read it to my son, in an edited version, and he sat still and thoughtful for a few minutes after it finished. I think it is vital that children read books that are sad.  They should experience a huge range of emotions through books – this is why I am passionate about reading real books and throwing away schemes as soon as you get chance!

Last year Sainsbury’s brought out a magical Christmas advert that was also based on the Christmas truce story.

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There is also a fascinating short film of the true story behind the advert…

…and a really useful website which gives more information on the football match played during WW1.

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One of my favourite websites ‘The Literacy Shed’ also have some super ideas in their ‘Christmas Shed’.

https://www.literacyshed.com/the-christmas-truce.html

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