- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (7 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007339674
- ISBN-13: 978-0007339679
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.1 x 20 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 923,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Little Manfred Paperback – 7 Jun 2012
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“Nobody can balance old and new better, or more convincingly.” – The Independent
“[Morpurgo] really is a master at this sort of thing; not a word is wasted." – The Telegraph
“Morpurgo is a virtuoso at conjuring vibrant stories that draw on historical events." – The Observer Review
“This is a very touching, absorbing story vividly bringing events to life." – Primary Times
"A treat for all ages and abilities to enjoy." – Primary Times
“This book is perfect for anybody who wants to find out about the Second World War and how it affected real people.” – First News
"Foreman's water-colour illustrations are a perfect counterpoint to the text… This is a book which can be enjoyed by, and give something to, many age groups." – School Librarian
About the Author
Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain’s best-loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His recent bestselling novels include ‘Shadow’, ‘A Medal for Leroy’ and ‘Little Manfred’.
His novel ‘War Horse’ has been successfully adapted as a West End and Broadway theatre play and a major film by Steven Spielberg. A former Children’s Laureate, Michael is also the co-founder, with his wife Clare, of the charity Farms for City Children.
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Not too much writing on the pages, (beneficial for a child) and the most beautiful pictures. Certainly a book I will keep on my bookshelf for its presentation alone.
Micheal Morpurgo does not talk down to children. The Story is based on facts and makes very interesting reading as well as imparting knowledge to the children who read it. There are facts about the end of the 2nd world war and about football.
I can highly recommend it to anyone, young or old.
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In the summer of 1966, just after England's famous footballing victory against the Germans in the World Cup Final, a young girl, her brother and their dog encounter two men on the beach. One has a story to tell about the girl's mother from when she also was a little girl during the second World War. It's a story about friendship and kindness, both heart warming and tragic that begins with two German friends going to war on the fated German battleship Bismarck. Michael Morpurgo tells a moving and nostalgic story, deeply shadowed by the conflict of nations but brightened by the hope and peaceful humanity of ordinary people. He's aided by Michael Foreman's beautiful sketches, brought to bright summer life by water colour. I'd say this would be ideal for the 8-10 reading age group but really I don't see why this can't be enjoyed by ages of any number. It certainly would be a great starting point for summer projects, perhaps investigating the untold stories of parents from when they were children. As the cover states, "The past is all around us."
There is also an afterword about the history touched on in the story and a short chapter about Michael Foreman's memories of that World Cup... and another dog, this time named Pickles, who saved the day.
One summer's day, Charley and her younger brother, Alex, are walking their dog Manfred on the beach and by chance start talking to two gentlemen. The children discover that one of the men, Walter, had been a German prisoner of war and had worked and lived on their farm in 1945. Walter recalls his wartime experiences and the time he spent on the farm and the story goes on to reveal why a little wooden pull-along toy is so special, particularly to Charley and Alex's mum, Grace.
As with all Michael Morpurgo's books, this story will delight and educate young and older readers. I particularly like his war time stories and the inspirations behind them.
Since 2007, in a climate of distrust and depression, when nations are beginning to turn into themselves, and consider recovery and assistance should immediately begin on the home front, they feel orders coming from abroad demanding further, greater economic sacrifices to prop up greedy people from Southern Europe - Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian, and the Irish, as not possible. The difficulties that these people are now facing, some believe, is a sign of their own weakness, of their own making, and entirely their own fault. This is actually putting the clock back seventy years, and tearing up the hopes of those idealists like Adenauer, Monnet, Schumann, and Spaak who wished to form a "United" Europe of nations, free of hatreds, conflicts, and future costly bloody wars.
When two Bavarians, Walter and Manfred, went to War in 1939, joining the German navy, the Kriegsmarine, they showed they were good fighters, and heroes for the Fatherland; the enemy was always presented as bad, something obviously which would have been inverted if the two came from the hostile country and had served on a HM ship. Their ship was destroyed on the high seas, and hundreds of their friends were left to drown. That seemed at the time a cruel, heinous and criminal act. Amongst these wicked people, however, were some good who stood out as they wanted to help them.Read more ›
Michael is also a great author one of the best in the world in my opinion I have recommended this book five star because there's something about it that wants to make you read on which is the same with all michaels books and especially born to run.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book for grandchildren and adults as are all Michael murpurgo booksPublished 1 month ago by A Mann
A good read aloud. Children gripped by the story and it provokes lots of thoughts and questions for discussion. Great history links too.Published 5 months ago by Sabrina
'Little Manfred' has happiness, sadness, anger and peace in it. Charley and her little brither Alex were at the beach the day after the World Cup with their dog, Manfred when they... Read morePublished 8 months ago by The bookworm
It was such a wonderfull storey it brought tears to my eyes
Another delightful book from Michael Morpurgo. Once my granddaughter starts reading these books she can't put them down.Published 13 months ago by Doronica