Like so many families across the world, the Semple family were split apart by the First World War. While William and Robert were fighting the Germans in France, their younger sisters, Mabel and Jelly (Eileen), had to carry on with school back in England. To keep in touch, they wrote letters. The sisters treasured these letters, which gave snapshots of their brothers' lives as soldiers. Many of the letters included cartoon illustrations to amuse the sisters. This book presents these letters with their illustrations
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A powerful, moving record of one family's first-hand experience of the First World War.
Education Today||An engaging way to bring everyday realities of the First World War to life for a young audience.
English Association||Ridley's approach is helpful in showing us events at a personal level. She has been meticulous in her research, not only in tracking down the letters but also in contextualising them.
Books for Keeps||A good introduction to the Western Front... a welcome contrast to the 'mud and blood' content of many books on the war in France and Flanders.