Monday, December 8, 2014

REVIEW: Christmas Truce

Christmas Truce:
A Story of World War I
Aaron Shepard

Genre: Holiday, History, Short Story
Publisher: Shyhook Press
Publication date: 5.27.2014
Pages: 30

Found for free on Amazon (currently $0.99)
Date read: 12.6.2014

Summary: The Christmas Truce of 1914 is one of the most extraordinary incidents not only of World War I, but of all military history.  Providing inspiration for songs, books, plays, and movies, it has endured as an archetypal image of peace.  Yet much about the historic event remains shrouded in myth and legend.
            In this fictional letter - illustrated in authentic detail by Wendy Edelson - award-winning author Aaron Shepard draws from firsthand accounts of soldiers at the front to portray the truce in its true nature and spirit.
            (Note: Teachers and librarians - A reader's theater script of this book is available FREE on Aaron's website.)

War is such a sad thing - the anger and hatred, the misery, the loss - but even during all of this, stories of love, of family and friends, of peace, can be found.  This is a beautiful story of some of that peace, told through a letter from Janet's brother, who was a part of this unofficial truce.  I must admitted that I had goosebumps and cried as this story was told, wishing that this kind of thing could still happen today.  The author also provides an historical account in the back.  The pictures by Wendy Edelson are beautiful and really add to the story.

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