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The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in World War II

In May of 1940 — the early days of World War II — half a million British and French soldiers are trapped in France, weak and wounded. To help them, villagers planned a rescue: an armada of "little ships" that could sail across the English Channel. One girl knew she was just as capable as the men signing up to help — but a girl wouldn't be allowed on board. So she dressed up in a pair of her brother's old pants, disguised herself as a boy, and set out on her father's ship, the Lucy, to be part of the rescue.

Based on the real-life story of the Dunkirk mission, and seen through the eyes of a courageous girl who insists on doing her part to help the cause, this in-depth picture book is a stunning portrayal of the everyday heroes of the little ships. Spare but poignant text by author Louise Borden, and glowing watercolors by artist Michael Foreman, work together to bring this powerful moment of World War II history to life. With an introduction by Christopher Dreyer, who commanded a ship in the armada, this compelling book celebrates the daring rescue of over 300,000 men.

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"The story should prompt children's curiosity about an event that for them is part of a far-distant past and stir their hearts with this family's courage." — School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 8 - 11
Special Features Mighty Girl Top Picks
Author Louise Borden
Illustrator Michael Foreman
ISBN 0689853963
Publication Date Feb 1, 2003
Publisher Margaret K. McElderry Books
Language English