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Peace Lily

Written by Hilary Robinson

Illustrated by Martin Impey

Key Stage 2

LoveReading View on Peace Lily

March 2018 Book of the Month

Beautifully illustrated and with a touching rhyming text this is another excellent book to give young children a real sense of World War One. Lily, Ben and Ray are childhood friends, spending long summer days playing together in the fields and woods round their homes. They grow up into war however, Ben and Ray sign up leaving Lily at home. Soon she is too at the front however as a nurse at Passchendaele. There she is reunited with her old friend Ben. The story gently demonstrates the extraordinary courage and resilience shown by ordinary people in such a terrible situation, skilfully bringing the past to life through personal stories. There are echoes of the war poets in the text and the illustrations have a timeless feel.

Andrea Reece

Peace Lily Synopsis

Peace Lily follows on from Where The Poppies Now Grow, The Christmas Truce and Flo Of The Somme and finds childhood friend, Lily, follow Ben and Ray to the battlefields. Peace Lily marks the contribution made by women to the First World War and celebrates the common humanity shown by all, on all sides.

Peace Lily Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Catherine Richardson - 'Peace Lily is a wonderful addition to the rest in its series by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey. It's beautifully illustrated and I love the fact that it's written in rhyme! They make the subject of WW1 accessible to a younger audience and the children love them.'
  • Abbie Collings, age 5 - 'The pictures are really good to help me imagine what is happening and I especially like the pictures at the back that show you what happened in the future.'
  • Abbie's Mum - 'This is a lovely picture book that raise's discussion of the themes of war and triumph over adversity for quite young children. A fitting tribute to the contribution made by ordinary people in the war and the hope that they found afterwards.'
  • Jack Radford, age 5 - 'I liked seeing how the people had to do different things in the war and how the nurses helped.'
  • Jack’s Mum - 'This is truly a beautiful book that highlights the contribution of women in WWI.'
  • Rob Anderson, age 8 - 'I enjoyed this book and finding out more about First World War.'
  • Rob’s Mum - 'A beautifully illustrated and sensitively written picture book about First World War.'
  • Sophie Constin, age 7 - Redmaids’ High School - 'I liked this book because of the pictures...Lily is my favourite character because she helps everyone.'
  • Connie Glover, age 8 - 'This book is good because it shows that even in war there is good. I think it was a good book that lots of people would enjoy like I did.'

Book Information

ISBN: 9780957124554
Publication date: 8th March 2018
Author: Hilary Robinson
Illustrator: Martin Impey
Publisher: Strauss House Productions
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 225 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2

About Hilary Robinson

Hilary Robinson is an award winning radio producer and author of over 50 picture books. Awards include the 2016 Historical Young Quills Award for ‘Flo of the Somme.’ Radio credits include Private Peaceful for BBC Radio 2 and her series for Barry Humphries Forgotten Musical Masterpieces was listed as one of the top 30 artistic triumphs of 2016 by the Telegraph. Extracts from her book 'A Song For Will and the Lost Gardeners of Heligan' were read on BBC Radio 4. Follow her on Instagram here. Read a Q&A with the author here.

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