I Saw a Beautiful Woodpecker (Hardback)
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I Saw a Beautiful Woodpecker (Hardback)

(author), (illustrator), (translator)
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Hardback 128 Pages / Published: 05/10/2021
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It is the summer of 1939 in Warsaw, Poland and Michal is an eight- year-old boy just finishing his school year. In order to improve his handwriting, Michal's teacher gives him a simple assignment: keep a journal, writing one sentence a day. Eighty years later, Michal's diary has been gorgeously illustrated with beautifully atmospheric paintings. Eloquent in its simplicity, the journal is a remarkable artefact that captures the innocence of childhood and the trauma of war. The journal starts out with a typical boy's observations: "July 15: I went to a stream with my brother and teacher." "July 23: I found a caterpillar." However over the course of weeks, menacing details emerge. "July 27: A plane was circling over Anin." "September 1: The war has begun." "September 3: I hid from planes." "September 14: Warsaw is bravely defending itself." These haunting entries are interspersed with visits from relatives, a soccer game, a trip to a park, an ice cream cone. Photographs of pages from Michal's diary enhance the poignancy of this simple record-an ordinary holiday interrupted by war; a life changed forever by an extraordinary moment in history.

Publisher: Prestel
ISBN: 9783791374864
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 205 x 148 x 18 mm

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