Little Manfred

In the Imperial War Museum is a carved wooden Dachshund, made by a German prisoner of war. This is the incredible story of how it got there…

When the battleship Bismarck sinks in 1941, young sailor Walter is one of the only German survivors. He is taken aboard a British ship as a prisoner of war, and sent to live with a host family in England. Now Walter must adapt to a new way of life in the heart of an enemy country. Gradually, though, he finds a firm friend in ten-year-old Grace, the family’s daughter. So when the time finally comes for Walter to go back to Germany, he leaves Grace a carved wooden dog to remember him by. The question is – will Walter and Grace ever meet again? In 1966, when the World Cup comes to Britain, that opportunity may just have come along… Illustrated by Michael Foreman, this heart-lifting new story explores the power of true friendship and the futility of war.

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    it is a brilliant book i’d read it over and over again and i have read it more than once so good best book good for ages 8-12

    14 March 2014

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    A well written story by Michael Morpurgo.

    9 March 2013

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    22 November 2012

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    AMAZING one of morpurgos best written stories and certanily my favroite i love it hope he will write more!!!

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    Michael Morpurgo

    Michael Morpurgo has written over 100 books for children, and has won a multitude of awards as well as serving as Children’s Laureate from 2003-2005.

    Awards

    Michael was the Children’s Laureate 2003-2005, and has won many awards including The Whitbread Prize For The Wreck of the Zanzibar, the Smarties prize for The Butterfly Lion the Blue Peter Award for Private Peaceful and the Red House award for Shadow.

  • Awards

    Michael Foreman has won the Kate Greenaway medal three times, and the Nestle Smarties Prize twice for illustration of books including War Boy and The Little Reindeer.

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