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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 10 December 2015
This short biography in the Collins Big Cat series of children's books, about Walter Tull:
Footballer and War Hero, is an ideal introduction to the more complex issues that children
will face at all levels both in school and socially. It may be of particular interest to those
interested in the problems of racial identity in today's world.

The book covers Walter's life from his birth in Folkestone, Kent, in 1888, to his eventual
death at the Second Battle of The Somme in 1918. It is aimed at children up to age 12
and is written using a vocabulary that school children should be familiar with at that age
level.
Walter Tull was the first mixed-race combat officer in the British Army. We learn of his
years as an orphan, his determination to "make something of himself", his footballing
skills when he played for Northampton and Tottenham Hotspur, his leadership qualities
where he was noted for "gallantry and coolness" under pressure whilst leading his men
as an army officer.
Having fought in Italy and Passchendaele he was finally deployed in France where he
was killed in 1918.
His commanding officer wrote of him that, "his courage was of a high order and was
combined with a quiet and unassuming manner" he recommended that Walter be awarded
the Military Cross, but in an age of contradictions the medal was never awarded. No doubt
due to the prevailing prejudice concerning colour of skin.
Dan Lyndon has created a worthy biography. Very well illustrated by Roger Wade Walker.
60 pages,
Published in 2011.
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on 15 February 2011
A great resource for any history teacher (or student)teaching/learning about C20th Britain or World War One, and a genuinely interesting read. I thought that it was really well done: well written, right depth, great story, well judged, and avoids the possible dangers of sententiousness and facile moralising/'preachiness'. Takes between 15 and 20 minutes to read, eminently useable in the classroom, well illustrated and produced.
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on 1 December 2013
I have used this in conjunction with his Scrapbook and they were very powerful as resources with an ESOL class. Thankyou
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on 26 July 2015
Excellent - important history.
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on 2 November 2016
Bought for a Spurs supporter but really interesting for anyone.
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on 27 March 2015
add to my intreast.
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