THE STORKS FLY HOME by Jane Tompkins


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Here's a book about the war with enough realism in the picture of a happy family uprooted, but without any of the hate or horror aspects that many parents and librarians avoid for their children. The setting is Holland in the Spring of 1940; Jon and Julie are watching for the storks' return -- and return they do. But the grownups are watching something else, the increase of Nazi planes over their land -- and their fears too come true. The mother and children are packed off to a part of the country remote from invasion; the father joins the forces; and the storks, symbol of peace, have their nest destroyed, but escape -- and fly south. It is too pretty a picture, perhaps, but it has much to recommend it. The Tibor Gergely drawings in line are decorative, but the restrictions on manufacturing make this a less attractive book than it might have been in other days.

Publisher: Lippincott