Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914

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Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914

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  • Title: Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914
  • Author: John Hendrix
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  • Page: 471
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  • Shooting at the Stars is the moving story of a young British soldier on the front lines during World War I who experiences an unforgettable Christmas Eve In a letter home to his mother, he describes how, despite fierce fighting earlier from both sides, Allied and German soldiers ceased firing and came together on the battlefield to celebrate the holiday They sang carols,Shooting at the Stars is the moving story of a young British soldier on the front lines during World War I who experiences an unforgettable Christmas Eve In a letter home to his mother, he describes how, despite fierce fighting earlier from both sides, Allied and German soldiers ceased firing and came together on the battlefield to celebrate the holiday They sang carols, exchanged gifts, and even lit Christmas trees But as the holiday came to a close, they returned to their separate trenches to await orders for the war to begin again.John Hendrix wonderfully brings this story to life, interweaving fact and fiction along with his detailed illustrations and hand lettered text His story celebrates the humanity and kindness that can persist even during the darkest periods of our history Back matter includes a glossary, additional information about World War I and the Christmas Truce and its aftermath, and an archival photograph taken during the Truce.Praise for Shooting at the StarsSTARRED REVIEWS Few titles at this level convey the futility of World War I as well as this one does A first choice School Library Journal, starred review Timed with the centenary of World War I but a lesson for always, Hendrix s tale pulls young readers close and shows the human side of war Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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    One thought on “Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914

    1. Luisa Knight on said:

      A vivid and powerful reminder of what really matters, not just at Christmas, but all throughout the year. That it is people that are important and forefront to everything else. Not wars; or to bring it even closer to home, nor things or schedules, or getting Christmas dinner just so, or scrambling to the front of the theater though you had to bump a few people to do so - none of it is worth it if through our stress, or busyness or frustration it causes us to jeopardize our relationships. If sold [...]

    2. Barbara on said:

      Love this book! It gives the factual account of the "Christmas truce" that spontaneously occurred in 1914. German and Allied troops in the trenches on the battlefield in France celebrated Christmas by calling an unofficial truce for the day. Enemy soldiers met in "no man's land" and exchanged food rations and played games and talked. Commanding officers were not pleased and fighting resumed as normal the next morning. Reportedly, soldiers fired not at each other, but "at the stars" the next day. [...]

    3. Jordan on said:

      Beautiful short picture book about one of the few beautiful moments in one of the twentieth century’s ugliest wars. This story moves me to tears every time I contemplate it—as with the famous Sainsbury’s commercial three years ago, which dramatized the Christmas truce for its centenary. This book elegantly retells the truce from the point of view of one teenaged English tommy. The pictures are excellent (trying not to keep repeating the adjective beautiful) and make you feel the cold and m [...]

    4. Jill on said:

      I think this fictionalized account of the famous Christmas Truce of 1914 does an excellent job of summarizing for kids not only the background of World War I but some of the moral and philosophical issues of war.Charlie is a young British soldier who writes home to his mom to tell her about the impromptu truce and Christmas celebration that day between British and German soldiers. On that day, the soldiers entrenched along the French-Belgian border met in the center of “No Man’s Land” betw [...]

    5. Mallory on said:

      A lovely holiday reminder that it's pretty hard to have a war with someone once you've gotten to know them a little.

    6. Amy Rae on said:

      The story of the Christmas Truce in World War I is pretty much tailor-made to give me the wibbles already--and it's reality. This fictional retelling of it, framed as a British soldier's letter to his mother, nearly made me cry. (The end notes did make me cry. They are beautifully, compassionately written. Here's a sample for you: "What interests me is the point of view of the powerless. Millions of men on both sides, isolated from the grand forces of alliances and politics, were ruthlessly caug [...]

    7. Janet on said:

      Read this to some kids in my son's class before Christmas. Fortunately I didn't have time to finish it in one sitting, & had to finish it in the afternoon. If I had to read it in one go I probably would have begun crying. Beautiful story, very well-told & appropriate for youngsters. Great illustrations.

    8. Hapzydeco on said:

      What a delight. Based on actual event, Hendrix juxtaposes the horror of war with the peace and joy of Christmas time.

    9. Stephanie Chiaro on said:

      Loved, loved, LOVED this book! The book told of a young, English soldier, during World War I, who wrote to his mother, in the form of letters, about Christmas in a war zone. The young soldier described what most people would have considered to be impossible, "when war had taken a holiday," meaning how two sides, the Germans and the English, although fighting against each other, laid down their weapons to celebrate one day, a day they can postpone their long, grueling efforts of fighting and weat [...]

    10. Isaac Blevins on said:

      Taking one of history's most moving stories of humanity as his subject, John Hendrix has created a complex, memorable, and ultimately gorgeous picture book. This is the sort of book that reminds us that picture books aren't just for primary grades. Taking the form of a letter home from a British soldier, the text pulls no punches in its description of the battle field. When the soldiers join together in the Christmas truce, the first thing they do is help one another bury the bodies of the dead. [...]

    11. Sydney Martindale on said:

      I loved how this book was set up like a letter being written to a family member by a solider. Some illustrations were also labeled which I thought was very neat. It also had a lot of good back matter which is important in a historical book.

    12. Amanda Vander hyde on said:

      This book has wonderfully detailed illustrations that are perfect for a one-on-one or small group read with children. It tells of a trench in World War II during Christmas, when the Germans and Britains decided to stop fighting for one day to celebrate together. It is remarkable that though they fought for their countries, this shows that they did not find the other side to be the enemy on an individual level. It is a complex idea that would be wonderful to explore with children. The illustratio [...]

    13. Denise on said:

      Another of the WWI 1914 Christmas truce books with a good author's note. From Hendrix's note: "Armed with carols and Christmas trees, individual men threw away their weapons and walked toward the enemy with a desperate hunger for peace."

    14. Rachel Smith on said:

      Illustrations are beautiful. I love that it's written with some letters and that it's in messy handwriting. I LOVED this story. So sweet and I love that it's true! This would be great for a history lesson! Definitely buying this book.

    15. Valfaye on said:

      WWI story that was a feel good, yet not too sugar coated at the same time. My ten year old liked it and so did I. Nice quick read!

    16. AMY on said:

      39 pages; Great story based on a real event in WWI. Very good illustrations. Good additional information and glossary at end. Highly recommended for grade 5.

    17. Juliann Strieter on said:

      Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914 written by John Hendrix is a Bluestem Book Award Nominee. This book tells the story of a young British soldier during World War I who describes an unforgettable Christmas Eve. Throughout this book, Hendrix does a nice job providing the reader with background information about World War I, while intertwining letters written to the protagonist's (the young British soldier) mother. The letters, written by the protagonist describe that despite the f [...]

    18. Christine Turner on said:

      Shooting at the stars : the Christmas truce of 1914 / John Hendrix.SummaryShooting at the Stars is the moving story of a young British soldier on the front lines during World War I who experiences an unforgettable Christmas Eve. In a letter home to his mother, he describes how, despite fierce fighting earlier from both sides, Allied and German soldiers ceased firing and came together on the battlefield to celebrate the holiday. They sang carols, exchanged gifts, and even lit Christmas trees. But [...]

    19. Stuart on said:

      Shooting at the Stars begins by setting the scenes for World War I; giving facts on who was fighting who; and expectations of young men that it would be a short war. The story itself revolves around a young English soldier writing to his mother. He begins by telling her about the hardships of war, which isn't just the fighting but the conditions, such as rain, three feet of mud, and rats! He then proceeds to tell her about something remarkable, On Christmas Eve, there was snow and he heard Germa [...]

    20. Barbara on said:

      A British soldier sends a letter to his mother describing the events of one Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on the frontlines of WWI. Despite their fears about one another, they fashion an unofficial truce, exchange food and gifts and spend time with each other. The story does a marvelous job of making it clear that the men in the trenches aren't quite sure what they're fighting for and just want to go home. After all, it isn't the wealthy or world leaders who are on those front lines. When a co [...]

    21. Mindy on said:

      This is a story of true events that happened on Christmas, 1914, during World War I. Two opposing armies, the Germans and the English, were fighting from their trenches in France. The soldiers were cold. They had been fighting many months. Many wanted to go home. It was Christmas and the men hoped for a break in the fighting. On Christmas Eve, instead of hearing gunshots coming from the German soldiers, the English soldiers heard singing, specifically “Silent Night”, a Christmas carol. The [...]

    22. Jessica Freeman on said:

      Shooting at the Stars is the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914, told by a young British soldier. This is a moving rendition of the story and is quite enjoyable because of how it is told. The art work on the dust jacket is different than on the book cover. The end pages contain fun illustrations depicting the trenches of 1914. The front matter is very helpful, providing background on World War 1. The illustrations are absolutely magnificent. I love how Hendrix tells the story through the lette [...]

    23. Kelly on said:

      Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by John Hendrix is a nominee for the 2016-17 South Carolina Children's Book Award.Shooting at the Stars is a fictionalized account of one of the most inspiring stories of World War I. On Christmas Day in 1914, British and German troops put aside their weapons and celebrated the Christmas holiday. For one day, there was peace, joy, kindness, and laughter. Though war divided them, a shared belief brought them together for one too-brief day. As the [...]

    24. Marfita on said:

      A children's picture book has a tendency to pull its punches by leaving out important bits of the story. In the case of Laika: astronaut dog (OMG OMG OMG), a fanciful happy ending is put on. Yeah, yeah, this is for kids, I get it. The 1914 Christmas Truce seemed a strange subject for a picture book and I wondered if it was at all related to the Sainsbury's Christmas Truce ad of 2014 which was controversial on its own, but they erupted at the same time (being the 100th anniversary of the event, I [...]

    25. Linda Lipko on said:

      I liked this book so much that I intend to purchase it. Incredible illustrations on high quality glossy stock paper, tell the historical story of WWI and the Christmas day when the firing of bullets stopped along the French and Belgian border when the British and German soldiers decided to stop all the fighting, if only for a special day. As the British soldiers, weary and cold, looked across at the German trenches, they saw small Christmas trees, and heard the clear sound echoing across the way [...]

    26. Leslie Lindsay on said:

      Every one of John Hendrix's illustrated history books for kids are a delight, hands down. Some may claim they are not "just for kids" but adults alike. Although SHOOTING AT THE STARS is a fictionalize account of the Christmas Truce of 1914, the horrific and dreadful events are very real. Yet, Hendrix can weave a dire situation into a beautiful tapestry of words and art, one which will truly resonate with your family for years to come. Piecing the story together with journal articles, interviews [...]

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