Little Manfred

Little Manfred

Book - 2011
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The heart-lifting, heartbreaking new story by Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller. In the Imperial War Museum is a wooden Dachshund, carved by a German prisoner of war for the children of the British family with which he stayed after the fighting ended. This is the story of how it got there... When the Bismarck sinks, one of the only German survivors is taken on board a British ship as a prisoner of war. Sent to live with a host family, Walter must adapt to a new way of life, in the heart of an enemy country. Gradually, though, he finds a friend in ten-year-old Grace. So when the time finally comes to go back to Germany, it's an emotional parting, with Walter leaving Grace with only a carved wooden dog to remember him by. The question is, will Walter and Grace ever meet again? In 1966, with the World Cup coming to Britain, that opportunity may just have come along...
Publisher: London : HarperCollins Children's books, c2011.
ISBN: 9780007339662
Branch Call Number: J MOR
Characteristics: 172 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Foreman, Michael 1938-


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Apr 02, 2014

Another great children's war story by Morpurgo; my favourite still being The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips.

branch_reviews Dec 03, 2012

Charlie and her little brother Alex are walking their dog on the beach near their farm in the summer of 1966. They meet up with two old men who came to the beach with a purpose. This chance encounter leads to Charlie and Alex discovering the importance of their mom’s favorite childhood toy – Little Manfred, a little wooden dog with red wheels. This beautifully written and illustrated novel brings us back to rural England just after WW11 where Charlie and Alex’s family farm was a posting for German prisoners of war.
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zackids Aug 14, 2011

Michael Morpurgo has woven another amazing story of friendship, bravery, and forgiveness that transported me to another time and another place. Whenever I read a Michael Morpurgo book it’s almost as if he is sitting on my couch or in the library beside me, telling me the story, because I can hear his voice in my head. If you’ve ever seen one of his videos of him reading you’ll know that he’s got the perfect storytelling voice. Michael Foreman’s illustrations, once again, perfectly match the story because they can be bright and happy or dark and gloomy. I think Michael Morpurgo’s books are perfect for anyone and if you haven’t read any of his books, Little Manfred is a great one to start with.

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branch_reviews Dec 03, 2012

branch_reviews thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

zackids Aug 14, 2011

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zackids Aug 14, 2011

It’s the summer of 1966 and Charley and her little brother, Alex, are walking their dog Manfred on the beach by their home when they notice two old men staring out to sea. When the two men discover that their dog is called Manfred, this sparks the memories of Walter and he tells the children about his experiences during World War II. Through Walter’s story, Charley and Alex learn about their mother’s past and her connection to Manfred, a German prisoner of war who was posted at her farmhouse when she was a little girl.


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