Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Good Son by Ober, Ober, and Coonan - OPTIONAL

Content: G



The little soldiers are marching off to war (World War I) - except for Pierre.  He is locked in a barn.  Why? Because he left without permission for two days to visit his mother for Christmas. Now the colonel is going to make an example of him for other would-be-deserters by shooting Pierre at dawn.

Very much not the story I was expecting when I first saw this book. The miniature scenes are amazing!  The story line is difficult to read because it is so heart-breaking. This juxtaposition makes for an interesting tension.  I am going to add it to my collection because it is so fascinating and it is a great counterpoint to the idea of noble war.  I would not hesitate to pair this with the poetry of that war as a unit of study.

Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS

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