A boy's world is in ruin and rubble, with a wire fence and soldiers separating him from the cool hills where his father used to take him as a small child. Can a tiny, green plant shoot give him hope in a bleak landscape?
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Michael Foreman is one of the world's leading illustrators. He has won several major awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal, most recently for War Boy. His titles for Walker Books include Beowulf (9781844287543), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (9781844287307), Mia's Story (9781844282784) and Say Hello (9781406307245). He lives in London.From Booklist:
In the ravaged rubble where he lives behind a heavily guarded barbed-wire fence, a boy finds a tiny green sprout. Nurturing the vine, he watches it grow into a vibrant oasis, until it is destroyed by soldiers from the other side. Then, in spring, green shoots reappear. Together, the boy and a girl on the other side of the fence cultivate the vines and create a glorious, shared garden. The overt symbolism carries through to the boy’s closing thoughts: “Let the soldiers return . . . Roots are deep, and seeds spread . . . One day the fence will disappear forever.” Foreman’s expertly shaded pencil-and-watercolor illustrations deepen the story’s heavy messages of war and peace, moving from grim, gray-toned scenes to a vibrantly colored, idealistic spread depicting a long trail of happy kids winding into flower-strewn hills. Children will likely need to discuss the disturbing images of wire, ruins, and armed men, but they’ll connect with the young characters’ powerful ability to transform their wasted landscape and envision a joyful, harmonious world. Grades K-3. --Gillian Engberg
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Book Description Walker Books Ltd, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11140631207X
Book Description Walker Books Ltd. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 140631207X New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.3472939