Five Children on the Western Front

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Five Children on the Western Front

Five Children on the Western Front

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In this centenary year, Faber has reissued Nesbit's Five Children and It alongside Saunders's sequel, Five Children on the Western Front. The way Saunders uses the Psammead's history to parallel the WWI setting is its main strength, that and the beautiful way she pokes at Fabian confusion/hypocrisy. Just pop a note in the checkout and we will be sure to include tasty treats and beverages that suit your needs. for a new sequel to an old classic series, I hold this one close to my heart something about it just. The Psammead is meant to be the main character in the book, yet I feel like he’s sort of just there.

Before this last adventure ends, all will be changed, and the two younger children will have seen the Great War from every possible viewpoint – factory-workers, soldiers and sailors, nurses and the people left at home, and the war’s impact will be felt right at the heart of their family. Using letters from the trenches alongside the Psammead’s teleporting magic allows the reader to read two stories at once - that of the Psammead and his quest for redemption, and of Cyril, and indeed all of those young men at war.The book deals with two worlds – the childlike one (where sand fairies are kept hidden in the attic and children grow up to be famous explorers and have waterfalls named after them) and the adult world (where countries are torn apart in war and families are broken apart at the arrival of telegrams). This was the one I was least looking forward to reading because its historical and it's very much a traditional, old fashioned children's book (I'm too old for those now!

Have you ever wondered what happened to the Five Children and It characters when the First World War began? So, while I admired the bold concept, I read the first pages in trepidation: it could have backfired horribly.

The upper-class "jolly-hockey-sticks" quality so imbued in the children's language can jar in moments of pathos, and there's an odd tendency - especially in the Psammead's stories of its own past - for Saunders to show instead of tell.

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