Bear on the Homefront by Stephanie Innes; Harry Endrulat; Brian Deines (Illustrator)During World War II, nurse Aileen Rogers and her stuffed bear, Teddy, greet English "guest children" sent overseas for safety. Teddy befriends homesick, young William and his sister Grace, sharing the experience of the cross-country train ride and five years on a host family's farm. Based on real events. During World War II, 10,000 children from British cities were sent to live with host families in Canada, the United States, and other nations away from the war zone. Bear on the Homefront tells the story of two guest children, Grace and William Chambers, who arrive in Halifax and meet Aileen Rogers, a nurse serving on the homefront. With her is Teddy, the stuffed bear whose real-life trip to the front lines of World War I and back was chronicled in A Bear in War. Using archival images and Aileen Rogers' wartime diary, Stephanie Innes and Harry Endrulat piece together William and Grace's journey by train to their host family's Winnipeg farm. Readers experience the story through Teddy's eyes as Aileen, seeing William's anxiety, lets her stuffed friend stay with the little boy throughout the train ride and, ultimately, throughout the war. Brian Deines' soulful oil paintings capture the spirit of the war years on the homefront. His expressive art communicates both the loneliness of children separated from their families and the joyful conclusion when Grace, William, and Teddy all return to their homes again.
Call Number: Children's Collection, Floor 1 D 743.7.I55 2014
Publication Date: 2014-10-01
The Eleventh Hour by Jacques GoldstynJim and Jules are childhood friends, born on the same day in the same village. All their lives, Jim has been first -- born two minutes before Jules, always faster, always stronger. When the First World War breaks out in Europe, the two young men enlist in the fight with 30,000 other Canadians. On the Front, conditions aren't epic and glorious but muddy and barbaric. Here, too, Jim is the first to attack. Jules is always two minutes behind: lagging in drills, missing the boat, handed chores instead of honors. On November 11, 1918, Jim and Jules are sent out to fight one last time. Jim, always first over the top of the trench, is shot and dies at 10:58am, two minutes before the Armistice takes effect at 11:00am. Illustrated by political cartoonist and Letters to a Prisonerauthor Jacques Goldstyn and inspired by true events, this picture book is a simple, poignant, thought-provoking story to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice in 2018.
Sergeant Billy: The True Story of the Goat Who Went to War by Mireille Messier; Kass Reich (Illustrator)A delightful tale inspired by the true story of a brave goat war hero. Perfect for fans of Finding Winnie and Rescue and Jessica. During World War I, a goat named Billy was adopted by a platoon of soldiers and made his way across the ocean to be part of the war effort. Billy...Trained with the soldiers. Was smuggled across the ocean. Got snuck into the frontlines in a box of oranges. Ate some secret documents and was arrested for treason. Got trench foot. Head -butted soldiers into a trench and saved them from a shell.
Call Number: Children's Collection, Floor 1 D 639.A65 M48 2019
Where Poppies Grow by Linda GranfieldFinalist for the Silver Birch Award Winner of the 2002 Information Book Award When World War I began in 1914, no one knew that millions of young people would die in the agonizing years ahead. No one imagined the effect it would have on family life, or that whole villages would disappear, or that entire nations would be changed forever. They believed their sons and daughters, mothers and fathers would be home by Christmas. They were tragically mistaken. With photos, memorabilia, and anecdotes, Linda Granfield brings us face-to-face with people from all walks of life who risked everything for their country. These painstakingly-gathered bits and pieces are remnants of conflict on a scale never before witnessed. Hastily-penned letters, notes written in code, and prayers for deliverance form an eloquent portrait of humanity, and a startling comment on the devastation of war.
The Peace Book by Todd ParrPeace is making new friends. Peace is helping your neighbor. Peace is a growing a garden. Peace is being who you are. The Peace Book delivers positive and hopeful messages of peace in an accessible, child-friendly format featuring Todd Parr's trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes. Perfect for the youngest readers, this book delivers a timely and timeless message about the importance of friendship, caring, and acceptance.
Peace One Day by Jeremy Gilley; Karen Blessen (Illustrator)Hoping to make a difference and help to bring calm in a troubled world, Gilley wrote to the United Nations to discuss an idea for a day when the entire globe would observe peace. Aided by his family, colleagues and friends, he wrote to presidents and prime ministers, Nobel Prize winners and religious leaders for help. After struggling for over two years, his realisation came true: the United Nations voted to name September 21 a day of cease-fire and nonviolence. He named it Peace One Day.
Here, Wallace Edwards explores peace, and invites young readers to think about what that means to them. Through a series of linked questions and combined with Edwards’ singular art, the concept of peace is picked up, shaken, turned all around, and carefully examined from every angle.
Children experience stress, even violence, at home and at school and bear witness to news stories and family histories. There are many books on war for children; far fewer that examine peace. What Is Peace? engages readers to think about peace in their day-to-day lives, and around the world.