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The Children's Storybooks Bringing The Great War To Life

An author and illustrator who lost family members in the First World War have teamed up to create picture books for children.

An author and illustrator who lost family members in the First World War have teamed up to create picture books for children.

War Horse illustrator Martin Impey and children's author Hilary Robinson have created stories that follow best friends Ben and Ray though World War One.

Now, they’ve begun a tour of schools across the UK- and we went to meet them.

The aim of the project is to ensure that the younger years are not left behind as commemorations for the First World War centenary begin, as Hilary told us:

“We found a way to communicate, through story, what actually happened- without alarming them too much”.

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The picture books are written about significant events that took place throughout the war, focusing on certain characters.

Their first book is titled 'Where the poppies now grow', and focuses on best friends Ben and Ray who sign up as soldiers in the First World war.

Pupils from Summerswood school in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire have been reading the story. And the feedback has been extremely positive; as one pupil told us:

“I really like the repetition, and the illustrations really make the book come to life!”

The aim for Hilary and Martin is to to get children and families sharing the stories of bravery and sacrifice, whilst keeping the memories of The First World War alive.

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