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On July 29th 1914, the world's peace was shattered as the artillery of the Austria-Hungary Empire began shelling the troops of the country to its south. What followed was like a row of falling dominoes as one European country after another rushed into war. Soon most of Europe was fighting in this calamitous war that could have been avoided. This was, of course, the First World War. But who could have guessed that on December 25 the troops would openly defy their commanding officers by stopping the fighting and having a spontaneous celebration of Christmas with their 'enemies'? In what can only be described as a Christmas Miracle, this beautiful and heartrending narrative will remind everyone how brotherhood and love for one another reaches far beyond war and politics.

Booklist Starred Review - By December 1918, the western front of World War I featured two parallel trenches stretching from the North Sea to the Alps. The armies, both suffering from exposure and disease as well as enemy fire, were so close that they could sometimes hear each other talking. On Christmas Day, an informal peace broke out in many locations along the front. Soldiers gathered between the trenches to mingle, exchange small gifts, and bury their dead. It was apparently the first truce to come from the troops, rather than their leaders. Murphy's excellent telling of this unusual war story begins with an account of the events that led to WWI and follows the shift in the soldiers' mind-sets from the feverish rush to join before the war ended to the painful realization that no end was in sight. Printed in tones of sepia, the illustrations in this handsome volume include many period photos as well as paintings and maps. After discussing the book's origins, the epilogue comments on the effects of government misinformation, past and present. A time line, excellent source notes, and lists of books, movies, and Web sites are appended. Well organized and clearly written, this presentation vividly portrays the context and events of the Christmas Truce.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780545130493
  • Format: Hardcover Book
  • Ages: 9 - 12
  • Grades: 4 - 7
  • Genre:
    Informational Text
  • Pages: 128
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
  • Manufacturer: Scholastic Inc.
  • Weight (lbs): 1.46800
  • Dimensions: 0.53000 x 8.40000 x 10.30000
  • Lexile® Measure: 1160L
  • Guided Reading Level: GR Level Y
  • DRA Level: 60
  • Language: English


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