The Little Ships by Louise Borden
The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in World War II

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Describes how a flotilla of small boats crossed the English Channel in May 1940 to rescue thousands of British and French soldiers trapped on the French coast near Dunkirk by the invading forces of Nazi Germany.
 

About Louise Borden

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Louise Borden is the author of more than twenty books for children, whose awards include the prestigious Christopher Medal. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Washington, D.C. metro area, and can be visited at louiseborden.com. Michael Foreman is one of England's foremost children's illustrators.
 
Published April 1, 1997 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 32 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Safe at home later, the girl listens to a broadcast of Churchill's thundering ``We shall fight'' speech (an excerpt appears under the author's note) and is ``glad that Mr. Churchill didn't keep his words in his hands and in his eyes in the way of Deal fishermen.'' An eloquent ending to a book tha...

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A girl joins her father in his small boat to travel in a five-mile-long convoy from the coast of England to Dunkirk, where nearly half a million Allied soldiers have been trapped by Germans.

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For example, the illustration paired with a description of the beach at Dunkirk as covered by hungry, thirsty men, barking dogs, horses running loose and ""the wild mess of an army on the run"" shows orderly lines of men filing toward the small craft awaiting them.

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