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Little Manfred

Written by Michael Morpurgo

Key Stage 2 Family / Home Stories Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on Little Manfred

Award-winning author and illustrator duo Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have created a touching story about the way lives become entangled during conflict and how, unexpectedly, those ties can lead to enduring friendship. When Alex and her little brother Charlie met two old men on the beach they hear the unusual story of how their friendship developed despite fighting on opposing sides and how their past links to their own mother’s childhood. 

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

Little Manfred Synopsis

A heart-lifting, heartbreaking story by Michael Morpurgo.

In the Imperial War Museum is a wooden Dachshund, carved by a German prisoner of war for the children of the British family with which he stayed after the fighting ended. This is the story of how it got there...

When the Bismarck sinks, one of the only German survivors is taken on board a British ship as a prisoner of war. Sent to live with a host family, Walter must adapt to a new way of life, in the heart of an enemy country. Gradually, though, he finds a friend in ten-year-old Grace. So when the time finally comes to go back to Germany, it's an emotional parting, with Walter leaving Grace with only a carved wooden dog to remember him by. The question is, will Walter and Grace ever meet again? In 1966, with the World Cup coming to Britain, that opportunity may just have come along.

Little Manfred Reader Reviews

A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to read and review Little ManfredClick Here to read the full reviews.

  • Alexander Bisland age 7 - 'I recommend this book to children 7+ along with other books by the author who writes really good books...I give this book 10 out of 10 stars!!'  
  • Ciara Pugsley, age 11 - 'I really enjoyed this book because it was full of adventure, really exciting and I always wanted to read on to find out what was going to happen next. I would give this book 10 out of 10.'  

Little Manfred Press Reviews

Nobody can balance old and new better, or more convincingly. - The Independent

[Morpurgo] really is a master at this sort of thing; not a word is wasted - The Telegraph

Morpurgo is a virtuoso at conjuring vibrant stories that draw on historical events. - The Observer Review

This is a very touching, absorbing story vividly bringing events to life. - Primary Times

This book is perfect for anybody who wants to find out about the Second World War and how it affected real people. - First News

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007491636
Publication date: 3rd January 2013
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 176 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Family / Home Stories, Historical Fiction

About Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo, began writing stories in the early '70's, in response to the children in his class at the primary school where he taught in Kent.  One of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers, Michael was appointed Children’s Laureate in 2003, a post he helped to set up with Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 and a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours in 2018 for services to literature and charity. He has written over 150 books, including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came, The Mozart Question, ...

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