Thursday, April 26, 2018

Momcilo Gavric’s World War I Story by Vanessa Action - ADVISABLE

Action, Vanessa Momcilo Gavric’s World War I Story, 32 pages.  NON-FICTION. Lerner, 2018.  $20.

This the short biography of Momcilo Gavric. It’s the middle of World War I and his home in Serbia is destroyed by the Austro-Hungarian Army. He is upset and sad but even as an 8 year old, he ran to find the Serbian troops to lead them to his village for revenge. They let him stay in the army and his mentored and taken care of. His is the youngest soldier to fight in World War I.

This is a short story and presented almost in an easy chapter book format, as if for 1st or 2nd graders, who do often ask for war and battle books –so this could be an option for them. The content is not too harsh, though some of the big details about the who’s and why’s would be over their heads. Contain lots of illustrations and actual photographs and a timeline at the end. Upper grade teachers presenting these wars to their class, could use this as a quick opening story to introduce a unit.

EL (K-3), EL – ADVISABLE Stephanie, Elementary School Librarian & Author

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