When I was in 5th or 6th grade I read "Summer of my German Soldier". It was one of those books that I can clearly remember changing my world view (before I even knew what a world view was:) ). I knew little of war or suffering and was so touched by the story and the thought of people who lived a life so different than my own. I read it several times. A couple years later I read "the Diary of Anne Frank" and then much later "Night" and "The Hiding Place". Each of these added to my understanding, gave me more pieces of the puzzle, added a human, relatable face to facts that in history books are cut and dried and without passion. I love that about books. They make the experiences of the human family universal.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society ended up a little like that. I enjoyed the whole thing, it's a series of letters written back and forth between Juliet Abbott and people on the island and others talking about their experiences in the war. It was a glimpse of life during German occupation. Two thumbs up.
on another note the kids went to school today, for a half day, but still they went!! I don't think we'll have such luck tomorrow since we are expecting another storm.
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