Friday, July 06, 2007

Holub, Josef. An innocent soldier

Holub, Josef. An innocent soldier. Scholastic, 2005 [0-439-62771-0]
Adam is a young farm hand who's farmer suddenly takes him off to town and enlists him in the army in place of his son. Adam becomes part of the Napoleon's "Grande Armee" and it's trek to Moscow. This 231 page book describes the horrors of war and that one particularly with soldiers starving and freezing. The author describes canon blasting into soldiers. dead and wounded soldiers all over the ground and how this army had to fend for itself in this terrible war. While I had studied this war, the author put a real human face on it by putting the reader right in the middle of it -- a powerful book.


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