Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914 (Hardcover)
Shooting at the Stars is the moving story of a young British soldier on the front lines during World War I who experiences an unforgettable Christmas Eve. In a letter to his mother, he describes how, despite fierce fighting earlier from both sides, Allied and German soldiers ceased firing that evening and came together on the battlefield to celebrate the holiday. They sang carols, exchanged gifts, and even lit Christmas trees. But as the holiday came to a close, they returned to their separate trenches to await orders for the war to begin again.
Award-wining creator John Hendrix wonderfully brings the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914 to life with his signature style, interweaving detailed illustrations and hand-lettered text. His telling of the story celebrates the humanity that can persist during even the darkest periods of our history.
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"Hendrix crafts an intimate fictional account of the event...powerful images."
— Publishers Weekly
— Roger Sutton
"The acrylic and gouache illustrations tell a tale of their own. Not only is this an impressive Christmas story, but it shows the humanity of warring soldiers."
— Jo Drudge, Educational Reviewer, Rome City, Indiana
"Few titles at this level convey the futility of World War I as well as this one does. A first choice."
— School Library Journal, starred review
"Timed with the centenary of World War I but a lesson for always, Hendrix's tale pulls young readers close and shows the human side of war."
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books