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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (7 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847800815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847800817
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 0.4 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I must also mention the welcome reissue in January of Foreman's The Little Ships which has been out of print for some time and has been sorely missed. Written by Louise Borden in a poetic style, this is a moving account for children of all ages of the evacuation of Dunkirk. (Marylin Brocklehurst Bookseller)

Their dramatic and touching story is vivdly brought to life in this atmospheric picture book with poetic style writing and animated illustrations. (Primary Times)

Stunning watercolour illustrations bring this piece of history to dramatic life. (Angels and Urchins)

A fascinating book and a welcome reissue. (Carousel)

The striking and evocative text is equally matched with the distinctive and powerful illustrations from Michael Foreman. (School Librarian)

About the Author

Louise Borden graduated from Denison University with a degree in history. For several years she taught young children and later was part owner of a bookshop in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to writing children's books, she also speaks to students about the writing process. She has written a number of picture books, including Just in Time for Christmas, illustrated by Ted Lewin, The Watching Game, illustrated by Teri Weidner, and, with co-author Mary Kay Kroeger, Paperboy, illustrated by Ted Lewin. Louise lives with her family in Terrace Park, Ohio.

Michael Foreman trained at the Lowestoft Art School, St. Martin's School of Art, and the Royal College of Art in London. He has illustrated numerous books for children and has also written and illustrated many books of his own, including War Game, a moving Christmas story based on a true incident in World War I, and War Boy, an account of his own childhood in England, which was one of The New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books of 1990 and winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. Michael lives in Putney.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By broxi3781 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 July 2011
Format: Paperback
"The Little Ships" is a combination of fact and fiction. It takes an all to real event, the evacuation of Dunkirk and portrays it through the eyes of a fictional child. The book is written by Louise Borden, who has written a number of books I would call "historical fiction for children", for want of a better word. She also written about such real life heroes as The Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, and Bessie Coleman. The illustrator, Michael Foreman will be more familiar as the illustrator of many Michael Morpurgo Books. The combination of Borden's expertly written text in the first person and Foreman's lifelike illustrations make you feel as if you are actually present, during the evacuation and witnessing events as they unfold.

We never learn the name of the main character in this story, a young girl who dresses in her brothers old clothes to help her father on their small fishing boat as they join the rag tag armada, dubbed "The Cockleshell Fleet", going to rescue as many British soldiers as time will allow and bring them home. The young girl is especially hoping her brother will be among those waiting for safe passage home, but I do not want to give away too much of the story itself. I will say this, both of my sons, ages 2 & 6 sat wide eyed through the reading of this. To my surprise, my husband turned down the volume on the television and came over and sat beside us, seemingly as wrapped up in the story as the children. The only interruption was as the boys scanned each illustration, carefully checking the insignia of the aircraft, hoping to see their beloved Spitfires. To their disappointment, the only aircraft visible bear the iron cross, and one can almost hear the howl of stuka as the planes dive toward the little ships below.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Hill on 15 Oct. 2010
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The book had my year two children rivetted to their seats. I used this as part of our WWII topic. It was one of the few books suitable for this age group, however, I feel it would transfer to older children. My children particularly enjoyed the illustrations.The Little Ships: A Story of the Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Jones on 7 Mar. 2013
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A lovely book, read with a class of 7-8yr olds. They were fascinated by the descriptions and moved by the story. One they enjoyed reading over again.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By FatherOfGirls on 5 Mar. 2010
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A well told story told from the point of view of a boy whose father owned one of the ships that sailed from Deal, via Ramsgate, to Dunkirk. Great illustrations, but why not have English spellings instead of American ones? For me this spoils the book. It's a shame as it wouldn't have taken much to correct things for a U.K audience.
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By DottoV on 5 Jan. 2012
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My 10-year-old granddaughter has been studying this period of history at school so I thought this would be an appropriate present for her. She was pleased to get it but as yet I've had no feedback on the book itself. To me it seems the type of book which a child could take into school and others would find it interesting too.
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By fransone on 6 Nov. 2012
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Studying World War II with upper key stage two we looked in deatil at the facts about the 'little ships' of Dunkirk. This book is a fabulous resource to back up the work we did in Literacy and Art using watercolours to portray the scenes that unfolded.
An amazing book!
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By Cronley on 26 Nov. 2011
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A lovely book with delightful illustrations that bring home to children what an enormous undertaking it was for the people of Britain who had a boat to rescue our troops from Dunkirk.
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