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Hendrix, John.
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 5.4

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

Some called it “The Great War.” History calls it World War I. This book tells the true story of the events of The Christmas Truce of 1914, the day the war paused, through the eyes of a soldier writing a letter to his mom. December 25, 1914 was a small space in an ugly time when soldiers were just people serving their countries. Ordinary people exchanged smiles, pictures, uniform buttons, and handshakes, celebrating the magic that is Christmas for one day before the war began again and loyalty to duty and country resumed.
   (Booktalk by the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee)

Booktalk #2

Soaking wet and deep in mud, Charlie, a British soldier, writes letters to his mother during the first World War. Even though he is cold and miserable, Charlie begins to tell the story of a miraculous event that began by the German soldiers on December 24, 1914 when they put up Christmas trees, yes, Christmas trees. Other amazing things happened during the Christmas Truce of 1914. Read Shooting at the Stars by John Hendrix to find out what happens in this fictionalized account of a true event in history. (Prepared by: Shannon Ryan, Lake Carolina Elementary Upper Campus,, South Carolina Book Awards, 2017)

SUBJECTS:     Christmas Truce, 1914 -- Fiction.
                        Picture books for children.
                        Soldiers -- Fiction.
                        World War, 1914-1918 -- Fiction.

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