"Short and simply told, but hard to follow and likely to have less meaning to children than to reflective older readers with authorial ambitions of their own. (Fiction. 12-14, adult)"
A writer's broken promise to a motherless child frames ruminations on story crafting and the sometimes conflicting imperatives of life and art.
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"Tanks and fallen soldiers, no matter how innocently rendered, make this more suitable for older readers, but the recognition of the essential humanity of an enemy is a good lesson for all. (introductory note) (Picture book. 8-12)"