Youth literature

Victor’s diary

Madeleine Deleu, Illustr. Colin Carnel, 2014.

Follow Victor, a young farmer, into the conflict of the Great War in Ploegsteert.
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Victor, a young farmer, is spending some happy days with his parents and his two sisters in the “Pe-tite Clochette” farm in Ploegsteert. But on 4th August 1914, Germany unfortunately invades Bel-gium and Victor’s life will thus be dramatically altered.
What will happen in Ploegsteert ?
What will happen for Victor and his family ?
Our friend reports all the events in his diary.


Available in French

Adapted to in-class work after a visit of “Plugstreet 14-18 experience”. Accompanied by a teaching file (to download here).

 

Football for Freedom

Géraldine Elschner and Fabien Doulut, 2014, « Le buveur d'encre » Editions.

Christmas Truce told to children.
December 1914 right in the middle of No man's land, British and German soldiers are moved by the magic of Christmas and fraternize for a few days.
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December 1914
After several months of fierce fights soldiers get ready to spend their first Christmas in the trenches. All each man wants on both sides is to be at home, in his family. And then the unthinkable occurs. A Christmas carol. A handshake. The men meet in No man' s land. Then, a ball appears out of nowhere. The most incredible football match that one can imagine follows …
 
With its pigeon basket on his back, young Léo relives this particular scene with his father during a historical re-enactment of the Christmas Truces 100 years later. A strong and living symbol of Hu-manity regained in the middle of war, recounted through letters and authentic accounts of soldiers having lived these emotional moments.


Available in French and German