First News is a British weekly newspaper aimed at young people that has been in business for about ten years. As well as publishing news, current affairs and culture, it has an interest in history and publishes a Past Times collection focused on the twentieth century. Walker books is one of the leading independent publishers of children’s literature.
Children and young people went out into their communities and interviewed elderly people about their memories of the Second World War. Stories were recorded from, among others, an aircraft gunner involved in over sixty missions, a Jewish female musician sent to Auschwitz, and a survivor of Hiroshima. Their tales, compelling and emotional, are accompanied by photographs that often tell another story all of their own.
Eminently readable, educational and enlightening, this book is a special kind of oral history captured in print that crosses the generational divide and helps preserve the incredible stories of a time almost entirely lost now to living memory.
Recommended for readers 9+.
Title: Voices from the Second World War
Author: First News
Reviewed by Nick K, Ranui Library
Nick K enjoys reading crime fiction, demonological adult and young adult fiction, classic children’s fiction like Arthur Ransome and picture books, especially those illustrated by Quentin Blake. He hates reality TV.