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Little Manfred

Little Manfred

Morpurgo, Michael; Foreman, Michael, 1938-

When the Bismarck sinks, one of the only German survivors is taken on board a British ship as a prisoner of war. Sent to live with a host family, Walter must adapt to a new way of life. He finds a friend in 10-year-old Grace. When he goes back to Germany, Walter leaves Grace a carved wooden dog to remember him by

Book. English. Children's stories. General. Fiction 7+.
Published London: HarperCollins Children's, 2012
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Statement of responsibility: Michael Morpurgo ; illustrated by Michael Foreman
ISBN: 0007339674, 0007453183, 9780007339679, 9780007453184
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Note: Originally published: 2011.
Physical Description: 172 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 20 cm.
Subject: Prisoners of war Germany Juvenile fiction.; World War, 1939-1945 Great Britain Juvenile fiction.; Prisoners of war Great Britain Juvenile fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 4.9
Interest Level: MY
Points: 2
Quiz Number: 220182

Author note

Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain's best loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Whitbread Award and the Blue Peter Book Award.

Description

The heart-lifting, heartbreaking new story by Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller.

In the Imperial War Museum is a wooden Dachshund, carved by a German prisoner of war for the children of the British family with which he stayed after the fighting ended. This is the story of how it got there.

When the Bismarck sinks, one of the only German survivors is taken on board a British ship as a prisoner of war. Sent to live with a host family, Walter must adapt to a new way of life, in the heart of an enemy country. Gradually, though, he finds a friend in ten-year-old Grace. So when the time finally comes to go back to Germany, it's an emotional parting, with Walter leaving Grace with only a carved wooden dog to remember him by. The question is, will Walter and Grace ever meet again? In 1966, with the World Cup coming to Britain, that opportunity may just have come along.

Reviews

"Nobody can balance old and new better, or more convincingly." - The Independent

"[Morpurgo] really is a master at this sort of thing; not a word is wasted." - The Telegraph

"Morpurgo is a virtuoso at conjuring vibrant stories that draw on historical events." - The Observer Review

"This is a very touching, absorbing story vividly bringing events to life." - Primary Times

"A treat for all ages and abilities to enjoy." - Primary Times

"This book is perfect for anybody who wants to find out about the Second World War and how it affected real people." - First News

"Foreman's water-colour illustrations are a perfect counterpoint to the text. This is a book which can be enjoyed by, and give something to, many age groups." - School Librarian