Michael Morpurgo and Private Peaceful Unsung Heroes Book Tour

“Don’t listen Tommo, dont look , dont think only remember”

Remembering Our Fallen war heroes with Michael Morpurgo and Private Peaceful

It seems quite apt at this time of year to be reading the story of a world war 1 soldier in Private Peaceful by Micheal Morpurgo. With everybody wearing their poppies we still sometimes do not realise what these men went through and sacrificed for us.

 

Michael Morpurgo and Private Peaceful Unsung Heroes Book Tour

“I could in my minds eye , picture her standing there on her doorstep, letter in hand. I could feel her grief and her pain” Micheal Morpugo

In this special edition commemorating 100 hundred years of the battle of the Somme is a forward by Micheal Morpurgo. Micheal was inspired to write this story shortly after writing the War Horse. At the time The War Horse was written it was not the success it is today. Had Micheal not wrote The War Horse he might never of got to go to the conference in Yves in Belgium, the town that was fought over so fiercely in the First World War. It was here that he visited The Flanders Fields Museum and noticed a letter in a frame on the wall. In this letter wrote from a captain in the army, a mother is informed that her son was shot at dawn for cowardice. Micheal looked at the jagged tear of the envelope and realised that this letter had destroyed her life and the lives of her family. Intrigued Micheal went on to learn that over 3000 soldiers were condemned to death in the face of the enemy for desertion. Of these men 306 had their sentences confirmed and where shot at dawn. Many of these men were simply suffering from what we know today as post traumatic stress syndrome. These men were only pardoned in 2006.

“Tonight more than any other night of my life I want to feel alive”

The story of Private Peacefull is set in the same town and village as The War Horse. Private peaceful re tells the story of his life from a small boy to what brought him to his room in France during the war. He relives his memories and the tales of his childhood life in the peaceful countryside. Later he then tells of the stark contrast of the trenches and it could not be more heartbreaking. Private peaceful enrols underage and goes off to war with his brother without realising the brutality they will face. He spends a night in his room  counting the clock from ten in the evening until 6 o’clock in the morning Tommo does not want to forget one memory. He tells tales of growing up, his school life, his family and the horrors of the trenches. Tom tries desperately to hold close to him all that is dear. Whatever lies awaiting for Tommo will truly change his life forever.

Somme. The whole history of the world cannot contain a more ghastly word. — Friedrich Steinbrecher[62]

The battle of the Somme is the most tragic battle in British military history. On the 1st of July 1916 at 7.30 am, over 100,000 men were sent over top of the trenches towards enemy lines. As they advanced German machine guns fired. This horrifyingly left 20,000 dead in the most brutal one day of fighting in human history. Over the next few months it turned in to a stalemate where many more lives were lost. Tanks were brought in and conditions worsened. Plummeting temperatures and snow put an end to the battle on the 18th of November 1916 with over a million soldiers killed across British, French and German armies. Many of these men were very young or very old and not entirely trained for the objective.

“But the sound I hate and fear the most is not the sound of the explosion – by then it’s done and over with, and you’re either dead or not . No it’s the whistle and whine and shriek of the shells as they come over. It’s the not knowing where they will land, whether this one is for you.”

 

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If you would like to follow the rest of the unsung Heroes Book Tour take a look at the other bloggers websites participating. I also have one copy of Private Peacefull to give away. Enter through the raffkecopter below, completion runs until the 21st of November. Good luck!

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Michael Morpurgo and Private Peaceful Unsung Heroes Book Tour

Thank you for reading Michael Morpurgo and Private Peaceful , my thoughts are with our fallen heroes gone but not forgotten. D x

 

 

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55 Comments

  1. Vanessa Jarm
    November 10, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    My favourite children’s book would have to be War Horse.

  2. Vanessa
    November 10, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    My favourite children’s book would have to be War Horse.

  3. Tanya
    November 10, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    Where the wild things are.Really want to read this book now. Great review

  4. Debra Perrin
    November 11, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    I’m a school librarian based in the UK and I would love to share this on my wordpress blog, is there a link for it please?

    • November 13, 2017 / 4:49 pm

      Hi would you like the link to the post do you mean?

  5. laura banks
    November 12, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    a book called mervyn the mouse its an old book

  6. melanie stirling
    November 13, 2017 / 1:23 am

    My favourite is Enid Blyton’s Five on a Treasure Island.

  7. Audrey Gorvett
    November 13, 2017 / 10:06 am

    Loved war horse a very emotional an powerful story

  8. iain maciver
    November 13, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    war horse is amazing

  9. Henry Little
    November 13, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    Famous Five series

  10. Tracy Nixon
    November 13, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    I have always loved The BFG!

  11. Sarah Forster
    November 13, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    My favourite (tiny) childrens book is Owl Babies!

  12. jo liddement
    November 13, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    Anne of Green Gables has always been my favourite children’s book

  13. Annabel Greaves
    November 13, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    My daughter loves the Malory Towers series

  14. fiona waterworth
    November 13, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    my youngest loves the gruffalo

  15. Rachel Craig
    November 13, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    Spot, the dog. The children love Spot and stories about Spot. As well as opening the flaps within the books.

  16. SHIRLEY EVANS
    November 13, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    LOVE THE BFG by Roald Dahl

  17. Solange
    November 14, 2017 / 12:22 am

    The Gruffalo.

  18. lara
    November 14, 2017 / 5:30 am

    Three investigators terror castle

  19. claire woods
    November 14, 2017 / 9:24 am

    We love the How to Train your Dragon books.

  20. Carole Nott
    November 14, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Love the Borrowers – great little tales

  21. Sadiyya Maryam
    November 14, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    It still has to be Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the chocolate factory. It also happens to be my daughter’s favourite !

  22. Karen Richards
    November 14, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    Enid Blyton The Magic Faraway Tree

  23. Jules Eley
    November 14, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    Adrian Mole

  24. Laura Pritchard
    November 14, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    Back Home by Michelle Magorian

  25. georgina prince
    November 15, 2017 / 2:10 am

    the twits

  26. Charmaine Dance
    November 15, 2017 / 11:38 am

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

  27. Ray Becker
    November 15, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    Wind in the willows

  28. Najma
    November 15, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    War Horse for sure!

  29. Juli Savage
    November 16, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    Most books by Enid Blyton especially the Faraway Tree

  30. michelle o'neill
    November 16, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    room on the broom x

  31. David Byford
    November 17, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    Excellent review

  32. Jo Hutchings
    November 17, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    The Magical Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.

  33. sheri Darby
    November 18, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    Winnie The Pooh

  34. Laura Lee
    November 19, 2017 / 9:01 am

    I love the bear snores on, all 3 if my children have grown up learning it and loving it. Fantastic prize fingers crossed 😀🤞

  35. November 19, 2017 / 10:36 am

    i love the lion, the witch and the wardrobe

  36. Susan Breese
    November 19, 2017 / 10:45 am

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar for young children and first The Famous Five book for older children.

  37. tina Glover
    November 19, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    I love of mice and men by john steinbeck. i read it at school and its been my favourite book ever since!

  38. greig spencer
    November 19, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    Enid Blyton’s Five on a Treasure Island.

  39. Jason Tolliss
    November 19, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    The Hobbit

  40. Keith Hunt
    November 19, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    Five Go Off To Camp

  41. C Philip
    November 19, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    I love The Gruffalo. It is so beautifully written that I can still remember it word for word. My kids used to love it when we did all the different voices when we read it at bedtime.

  42. Adrian Bold
    November 20, 2017 / 3:24 am

    For me, the only books I can remember really enjoying from the my childhood days are the Faraway Tree and Wishing Chair books from Enid Blyton.

  43. Sam Parkes
    November 20, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    Matilda is my all time favorite

  44. Kate Davies
    November 20, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban.

  45. November 20, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Michael Morpurgo writes the most amazing stories full of feeling and history, they are bound to make you feel emotional. #KLTR

  46. paula cheadle
    November 20, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    I love Tom Thumb and stig of the dump

  47. Aaron Milne
    November 20, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    Love “Cow on the roof”

  48. Meryl Thomas
    November 20, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    Pickles the Pony

  49. Simone Griffin
    November 20, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    My son loves The Gruffalo

  50. CAROL PATRICK
    November 20, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    I loved Aesop’s Fables, I still have the book – the only book from my childhood that mum didn’t donate to our local church fundraisers. It was lucky to escape, maybe she couldn’t find it – all my other toys, games & books went.

  51. Natalie Crossan
    November 20, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    We love The Gruffalo xx

  52. Simon Tinsley
    November 20, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    Mighty Fizz Chilla by Phillip Ridley

  53. Tammy Neal
    November 21, 2017 / 12:34 am

    Matalida xx

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