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Study the World Wars this year has opened my eyes to the tremendous hardship the soldiers faced in the first World War. The Great War was hard, but the Second World War brought it’s own difficulties. Those are pointed out in World War II Night Before Christmas.
From The Cover
Santa visits the Allied troops in Normandy on Christmas Eve, 1944. He brings them blankets, rations, coffee, and warm winter clothes…items that the Allied troops lacked in the frigid temperatures of Normandy.
What you Get:
Full Colour images and a poem reminiscent of The Night Before Christmas. The lines bring out the dangers the soldiers faced, as well as their fears and dreams. And who should appear at the end? Santa of course (you’ll need to read of his gear).
I appreciated that he listed names of soldiers in the war, and carefully wrote in a way to educate without alarming children listening to the familiar lyrics of Night Before Christmas.
I have to admit I did struggle with the Nazis are evil and we are good. Do not misunderstand me, I do not believe that Nazism is a good mindset to follow. But I do struggle with the notion of Santa saying Americans are good and those they fight are evil. It is very much a “yay, America” book. That aspect came across stronger than I would have preferred.
What I do like is that in the midst of worry and fear hope happens. Santa comes and brings the soldiers exactly what they where in need of, just when they most needed it. That message is one that children need to hear. Perhaps not that Santa is the answer, but that hope always exists for those who wait for it.
- World War II Night Before Christmas
- Mike Guardia
- Melanie Stephens (illustrator)
- Magnum books
- 36 pages, softcover, picture book
- Christmas, WW2, Santa
Reviewed for the author.
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