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I Saw a Beautiful Woodpecker, Hardback Book

I Saw a Beautiful Woodpecker Hardback

Illustrated by Ala Bankroft

Hardback

Description

It is the summer of 1939 in Warsaw, Poland and Michal is an eight- year-old boy just finishing his school year.

In order to improve his handwriting, Michal's teacher gives him a simple assignment: keep a journal, writing one sentence a day.

Eighty years later, Michal's diary has been gorgeously illustrated with beautifully atmospheric paintings.

Eloquent in its simplicity, the journal is a remarkable artefact that captures the innocence of childhood and the trauma of war.

The journal starts out with a typical boy's observations: "July 15: I went to a stream with my brother and teacher." "July 23: I found a caterpillar." However over the course of weeks, menacing details emerge. "July 27: A plane was circling over Anin." "September 1: The war has begun." "September 3: I hid from planes." "September 14: Warsaw is bravely defending itself." These haunting entries are interspersed with visits from relatives, a soccer game, a trip to a park, an ice cream cone.

Photographs of pages from Michal's diary enhance the poignancy of this simple record-an ordinary holiday interrupted by war; a life changed forever by an extraordinary moment in history.

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  • Format:Hardback
  • Pages:128 pages, 52 COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS
  • Publisher:Prestel
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  • ISBN:9783791374864

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Information

  • Format:Hardback
  • Pages:128 pages, 52 COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS
  • Publisher:Prestel
  • Publication Date:
  • Category:
  • ISBN:9783791374864