The Little Ships

A Story of the Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk

The  Little Ships
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Format: Paperback / softback, 32 Pages
ISBN: 9781847800817
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The dramatic story of the historic rescue of over 300,000 men from the beach of Dunkirk by "the little ships" - an incredible armada of over 800 craft, including Royal Navy ships and a flotilla of small river and coastal boats who sailed across the English Channel to Dunkirk in France to rescue the besieged troops. This is the story of one small fishing craft from Deal that was part of the armada, told from the point of view of a young girl who donned her brother's old clothes and sailed with her father on the family boat, the Lucy.  In May 1940, many countries in Europe were at war with Nazi Germany. Half a million British and French soldiers were trapped on three sides in northern France by German troops and tanks. The only escape for the Allied army was the sea. The wide Dunkirk beach was covered with men who were hungry and thirsty, with horses running loose from their French riders, with dozens of barking dogs, with trucks and equipment - the disarray of an army on the run. Thanks to the heroic rescue mission by "the little ships", the men were saved and brought back to England.

The author

Louise Borden graduated from Denison University with a degree in history. For several years she taught young children and later was part owner of a bookshop in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to writing children's books, she also speaks to students about the writing process. She has written a number of picture books, including Just in Time for Christmas, illustrated by Ted Lewin, The Watching Game, illustrated by Teri Weidner, and, with co-author Mary Kay Kroeger, Paperboy, illustrated by Ted Lewin. Louise lives with her family in Terrace Park, Ohio.

Michael Foreman trained at the Lowestoft Art School, St. Martin's School of Art, and the Royal College of Art in London. He has illustrated numerous books for children and has also written and illustrated many books of his own, including War Game, a moving Christmas story based on a true incident in World War I, and War Boy, an account of his own childhood in England, which was one of The New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books of 1990 and winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. Michael lives in Putney.

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Format: Paperback / softback, 32 Pages
ISBN: 9781847800817
Size: 9.843 in x 7.48 in / 250 mm x 190 mm