Five Children on the Western Front

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Five Children on the Western Front

Five Children on the Western Front

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This fits in nicely with the originals but I must admit, it was blindly obvious to me that a character that was supposed to be a cockney, was coming out with these kind of archaic sayings too!

for a new sequel to an old classic series, I hold this one close to my heart something about it just. One afternoon, when the children are granted one more wish, they find themselves in the study of their old friend, the Professor named Jimmy in the year 1930. Nesbit and because I have never read this book, or even heard of it, this book was a whole new take on an old book and this introduced me to the kind of creativity that both of these amazing authors have portrayed in this sort of fairy tale if you could say. It is very well written and it's a nice continuation of Nesbit's classic series, with some light exploration of the effects of the War on life at home in England. This book illustrates wonderfully how hard the war was, not just on the soldiers, but on the families (and Sand Fairies!The other approach would be to take these children more as symbolic of a generation, to use the iconic nature of these characters to serve as avatars of a generation, heightening the experience of a generation into this idea of four carefree moppets plunged into the worst ind of adult reality. Why invoke these particular characters and their background of fun, innocent childhood and put them in wartime unless you were interested in how that contrast communicated.

Starting off a caring young girl, and becoming a hospital nurse in London, Anthea is a very sweet character. I'm still not a fan of modern interpretations but Kate Saunders somehow managed to tap into Nesbit's voice perfectly and it was almost impossible to tell at times that this wasn't written by one of the first (and best) women authors for children herself.No, there’s very little reason to speculate on precisely what happened to Anne before she got to Green Gables. What the world am I going to READ after this I am still in that particular indescribable hist fic mood that landed me here in the first place. Unlike me, Saunders calculated that all those Edwardian children whom Nesbit brought to life so vividly – with their knickerbockers and tweed, their altercations with housemaids and their endearing turns of phrase ("Do dry up, Cyril! I think that one of the things I enjoyed most about the original Five Children and It (although it's probably been about 15-20 years since I read it) was that the wishes always went awry, and the Psammead was just like "lol w/e" while the children scrabbled to get themselves out of all sorts of scrapes. The Lamb and Edie are playing in their Kentish garden when out of a sandy hollow pops the mythical creature their older siblings have often talked about.

Cyril is introduced for the first time as an imaginative young boy; fantasizing about what motorcar he’ll get in 1930. When I first saw that Kate Saunders had taken Nesbit’s classic trilogy and used the characters and place to tell her own story in commemoration of the First World War, I point-blank refused to touch it. I just wonder, what's the point of a book which takes characters of classic children's fairytale adventure and puts them into bleak reality if not to evince the sadness of the latter strongly? It would make a great addition to any library and provide plenty of talking points for classes when dealing with topic like war, food shortages and things that result because of war and attitudes towards various events.The Psammead, ‘a compact furry ball of deep sulking’, is brilliantly characterised and Saunders makes his journey towards self-awareness and empathy both heart-breaking and terribly funny. Starting as a shy young girl, fantasizing over marrying a vet when she’s older and growing up to be a girl arguing over her right to be a doctor with her parents (the suffrage movement was just ending at the time). The upper-class "jolly-hockey-sticks" quality so imbued in the children's language can jar in moments of pathos, and there's an odd tendency - especially in the Psammead's stories of its own past - for Saunders to show instead of tell. While I can think of tons of historical fiction for WWII, there is very little besides the Anne of Green Gables title: "Rilla of Ingleside" about WWI.

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