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Dear Jelly: family letters from the First World War

Dear Jelly: family letters from the First World War

Ridley, Sarah, author

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

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Franklin Watts, 2014
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Details

Statement of responsibility: by Sarah Ridley
ISBN: 1445128179, 9781445128177
Intended audience: Key Stage 2. Key Stage 3. Juvenile.
Note: Includes index.
Physical Description: 96 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm
Subject: Semple, William Correspondence Juvenile literature.; Semple, Robert Correspondence Juvenile literature.; History.; World War, 1914-1918 Campaigns France Sources Juvenile literature.; World War, 1914-1918 Personal narratives, British Juvenile literature.; Non-Fiction 9+.; Semple, Eileen Correspondence Juvenile literature.; Semple, Mabel Correspondence Juvenile literature.; Soldiers Great Britain Correspondence Juvenile literature.

Author note

Born in Suffolk, Sarah Ridley lives on the Suffolk/Essex border and is a writer and editor of educational books for children and young people. Recently, a life-long interest in history has led her to write books about the First World War, inspired by reading letters written by soldiers who served in the conflict.Brothers at Wartells the story of uncovering the material held in her own family's archives.Dear Jellysets letters written by soldier brothers to their younger sisters at its core. Teenage children keep Sarah busy when she isn't tied to her computer, and she relaxes by walking along river estuaries close to her home.

Reviews

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.
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