Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Midnight: A True Story of Loyalty in World War I by Mark Greenwood - OPTIONAL

Greenwood, Mark  Midnight: A True Story of Loyalty in World War I  Illustrated by Frane Lessac  Candlewick Press, 2014. $16.99  PICTURE BOOK  Content: PG.   

Guy raises Midnight from the time she is a foal and they grow a strong bond.  When World War I breaks out, Guy feels like he needs to join the cavalry and takes Midnight with him.  At one point Guy and Midnight are separated but they are reunited in Cairo.  After traveling over the sweltering desert they take part in the Charge at Beersheba, which eventually leads to the fall of the Ottoman Empire, but at the expense of Midnight’s life and Guy is injured.   

The illustrations in this book are fantastic.  The text is a bit choppy and has 3-4 short sentences per page.  At the end when Midnight and Guy are shot I put it as PG because the horse dies and that might be upsetting to kids.  There is an author’s note at the end that further explains the Charge at Beersheba and explains more about Guy Haydon.  Overall, I felt like it was not enough information which is too bad because I really liked the pictures.   

EL-OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.   

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