Remembrance by Theresa Breslin

I read Remembrance for my journey to Scotland last month because it was the only book by Theresa Breslin, Carnegie medal winning Scottish author, that my library system had. And it was set during World War I, a favorite time period. There were definitely echoes of Downton Abbey in the book. Seventeen year old John […]


The Bess Crawford series by Charles Todd

Posted by Sherry on 1/17/2013 in 1916, 1917, Adult Fiction, General, Historical fiction, Mysteries, World War I |

A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd. In which we are introduced to nurse Bess Crawford as she becomes a survivor of the sinking of HMHS Britannic in the Kea Channel off the Greek island of Kea on the morning of November 21, 1916. Upon her return to England to convalesce, Bess carries a […]


The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgewick

The Foreshadowing tells the story of a girl, Alexandra, who is a sort of Cassandra: she can foresee the imminent death of people with whom she comes into contact. But of course, no one wants to hear her predictions, and no one believes her. I just read the following article at the BBC website, before […]


1916: Art and Entertainment

Posted by Sherry on 9/26/2011 in 1916, 20th Century History Project, France, General |

On May 20, 1916, artist Norman Rockwell publishes his first cover for the magazine Saturday Evening Post. The picture was called Boy With Baby Carriage., and it shows a boy who is having to push a baby in her carriage while his friends go off to play baseball. Also, during 1916 and until his death […]


1916: Books and Literature

Seventeen A Tale of Youth and Summer Time and the Baxter Family, Especially William by Booth Tarkington; illustrated by Arthur William Brown, published by Harper and Brothers, 1916, is a humorous novel about a seventeen year old boy’s first love. Mr. Tarkington’s novels were very popular in the first part of the twentieth century. Listen […]


1916: Events and Inventions

Posted by Sherry on 9/26/2011 in 1916, 20th Century History Project, General, World War I |

January, 1915. Austro-Hungarian forces overrun and take the small country of Montenegro. February 21, 1916. German guns fire on the French positions near the fort of Verdun in the beginning of a major assault on the French line. The French, who have concentrated their armies elsewhere along the front, retreat before the German onslaught. March, […]


Reading about World War I

Nonfiction for children and young adults: Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting by Jim Murphy. World War I and the Christmas Eve, 1914 spontaneous cease-fire. Reviewed by Betsy at Fuse #8. The War to End All Wars: World War I by Russell Freedman. Reviewed at Bookish Blather. Primary Source Accounts of World War I […]


To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild

Posted by Sherry on 8/20/2011 in 1915, 1916, 1917, 20th Century History Project, General, World War I |

To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild. Mr. Hochschild also wrote Bury the Chains, a history of the British campaign against the African slave trade that I read and found fascinating in 2007, about the same time the movie Amazing Grace came out. Of course, I was drawn […]


Z-Baby’s Audiobooks: Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

We downloaded this classic story in audiobook form from Librivox, and Z-baby listened to it last night and today. The narrator was Lee Ann Howlett. How was the narration on this story? I hate when old men do the narration, and for girls they make the voices sound really high and annoying. The narrator for […]


Poetry Friday: Carl Sandburg

Posted by Sherry on 1/5/2007 in 1916, 20th Century History Project, General, Poets and poetry |

Tomorrow, January 6th, is Carl Sandburg’s birthday. So I thought today would be a good Friday to post something by and about Sandburg. I’ve already posted my favorite Sandburg poem, Arithmetic, here. I found this poem tonight: “Joy” (1916) by Carl Sandburg Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands And take it when […]

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