Length The book is quite short which is quite expected to see as it is meant for children, it does also read at quite a fast pace and should not take long for the average reader to finish. More than half of this book is just kids travelling and hopping on trains and hopping off. Ian Serraillier wrote many children's books but The Silver Sword is his most famous and most beloved, and it has never been out of print. The savagery of war separates the parents from their children and we then follow the trio as they battle to stay alive in war torn Warsaw. Overall a most satisfying weekend read. Although eventually he manages to escape from the camp and make his way back to Warsaw, he is too late to be of any immediate help to his family. I think that what adult readers of this novel have to keep in mind is that it is written for children under the age of 12.
As the children are running away, their house explodes — Nazi retaliation for the rifle shot. It is a very moving account of a family separated by war and how they find inner strength to survive their wartime lot, always holding on to the hope that someday they may find all or some of their family. Now it seems that their luck has run out. The characters are all well developed from the children themselves to the various characters they meet on their journey Based on a true story, this novel is the story of four children travelling through war-ravaged Europe during World War Two. For the setting, this story avoids bullets and death of soldiers, but then much of it was behind battle lines. This rumor turns out to be true and by January 1945, the Nazis are gone from Warsaw, but because of the fighting to regain it, so is Warsaw. Ruth, Edek, Jan and Bronia are all based on real children, and even the silver sword paper knife was real.
Tired and hungry, they go to a refugee camp for food and rest, but when a brawl breaks out, the hand the pulls Ruth away from the fray is that of Edek. One day while teaching, Joseph turns a picture of Hitler so it faced the wall. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Programme Good: A book that has been read, but is in good condition. B The problem with reading books that you loved as a child is that they often don't live up to your memory or stand the test of time. We are working with the hundreds of companies that partner with us to transition them to the more precise Lexile measures. They face innumerable challenges along the way as is natural in wartime but they are brave and by no means friendless. He was educated and then became a English teacher for 25 years.
It moves at a much faster pace, and omits any superfluous description or dialogue, which results in a very quick read. It also invites literary analysis of theme, motif, char I had my doubts about this book in the beginning, especially at the point where Joseph makes an almost ludicrous and highly unlikely getaway, but the book gets better. Although the vast majority of books that have Lexile measures did not change, a small subset of books required updated Lexile measures. Even my sensitive readers would be able to handle this one. The portrayal of the chaos of refugee life is so vivid as to minimize the novel's heavy reliance on coincidence: every good thing that happens seems just as likely not to have. Offered in new mylar cover.
There are truly some really sad moments in this book and you really do feel the pain, anguish, and emotions of the children living through them. Not only this he also retold legends from Rome, Greece and England. When the Second World War broke out, Ian refused to fight, because he believed it is wrong to ever kill another person. I know I definitely would have enjoyed it as a chil I added this apparently well-beloved children's classic to my to-read list because it was recommended by one of my internet friends, Amy. Fact-based story about a family torn apart by war following the German invasion of Poland in 1939. This is a blanket description.
The majority of pages are undamaged with some creasing or tearing, and pencil underlining of text, but this is minimal. This book does well to cover what can only be described as a chaotic period in European history and I would highly recommend to readers who have read books which cover similar subjects like Graham Green's The Tenth Man. They find the boy with the sword and make their way to Switzerland also, among many adventures. Serraillier's book is meant to be at once an historical and a literary book. A story of the every-day heroism of people trying to piece their lives back together in the middle of devastation, this author perfectl This one will always have special memories for me because I remember my Mom reading aloud to me. This amount is subject to change until you make payment.
Then Edek and Jan are caught stealing from the American troops in Germany, and Jan must do a week of detention. . We live with the children in bombed out residences; we steal food with them; we hide out from the German soldiers. The story provides an interest insight into the fate of some children in wartime Poland and Europe after World War 2. Serraillier died on November 28th, 1994.
Please email us if you require a specific, detailed description of the book condition. I fell in love with the Balicki family, especially Ruth, and even though Jan was difficult and unlikeable at times, I could understand why. The series eventually grew to over 350 titles. To a child, this book and its story would be both horrifying and fascinating. Please note that the Lexile measures for a small population of books have been recently updated.