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Michael Foreman. A Child’s Garden 
Candlewick $20.00  ISBN 978-0-7636-4271-6  32 pg.
Reviewed by Koryn, Age 12

Faraway hills shimmered in the haze. The boy knew that cool streams flowed in those hills. He had gone there with his father, but now the hills were on the wrong side of the fence.

A little boy’s world has been turned to ruin; now a barbed wire fence keeps them inside. When the boy finds a little plant, he decides to take care of it. Can this little plant help restore hope in a terrible time?

A Child’s Garden is a beautiful book, but I found the content upsetting and a bit mature for younger readers. I read it to my 8-year–old brother, and he did not enjoy it, even though I did. This book is beautifully illustrated, and wonderfully descriptive. A mesmerising story for those old enough to grasp the message of hope inside. This book is one of many kids’ books about WW2 that lets us remember the cruelty of persecution, and lets us take a step to peace and freedom now and for the next generation. I do not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 9, because of the mature and saddening content that might not make sense to them. I can see how Michael Foreman tried to make this book interesting for all ages, but the story or message is still a lot to digest.

Michael Foreman’s, A Child’s Garden, is a five star read for an older reader because it gives you a realistic picture of real life in WW2. I would recommend this enlightening story to any Historical fiction lover 10 and up.


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