And the soldiers sang (#0313BT6)

by Lewis, J. Patrick; illustrated by Kelley, Gary

6 reviews & awards | 4 full-text reviews

Hardcover Creative Editions, 2011
Price: USD 18.41
Description: 31 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 32 cm
Dewey: -Fic-; Audience: Upper Elementary; Reading Level: 5.1
DRA 50
From the publisher: Grades 3-6; Ages 8-11
From Kirkus: Ages 8+; PW: Ages 9-up; SLJ: Gr 4-Up; read the full-text reviews


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A young Welsh soldier fights along the Western Front during World War I, experiencing the horrors of trench warfare before participating in the famed Christmas Truce of 1914.

From the Publisher
You will be home before the leaves have fallen from the trees. So said Kaiser Wilhelm II to his German army in August 1914. But World War I would rage for more than 4 years, taking the lives of nearly 10 million soldiers. Some of the most unrelenting combat was waged along the infamous Western Front, where, for one unforgettable Christmas in 1914, enemies set guns aside and came together in friendship. And the Soldiers Sang, written by J. Patrick Lewis, recounts this unlikely truce through the perspective of a young soldier named Owen Davies, who travels from the green country of Wales to the muddy battlefields of Belgium.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Creative Editions
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2012
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 31 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 32 cm
  • Tracings: Kelley, Gary, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-56846-220-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-56846-220-2
  • LCCN: 2010-028644
  • Follett Number: 0313BT6
  • Reading Level: 5.1
  • Audience: Upper Elementary
  • Grades: 3-6
  • Ages: 8-11
  • Kirkus: Ages 8+
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 9-up
  • School Library Journal: Gr 4-Up
  • DRA: 50

Reviews & Awards
  • Horn Book Magazine, 11/01/12
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 11/15/11
  • New York Times, 11/13/11
  • Publishers Weekly, 10/24/11
  • School Library Journal, 01/01/12
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/12

Full-Text Reviews
Horn Book Guide (Fall 2012)
This picture book for middle-grade readers offers a fictionalized account of the 1914 Christmas Truce of World War I. A Welsh soldier relates how British and German troops facing each other in trenches of the Western Front ceased their fighting on Christmas Day to engage in songs and friendly games. Kelley's dark, somber pastel illustrations add intensity to this moving story.

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