Author: a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Illustrators: Alice and Martin Provensen
Publisher: Golden Press, 1964
Themes: Crimean war, authority, books from poems
Opening: Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.
Summary: (from goodreads) A narrative poem about the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War (1854).
I picked this book because: I think it’s important to show the stupidity and destruction caused by war, to understand diplomacy is the only way to end a war, better yet to prevent it. I had heard of the book because of the illustrators but never took the time to find it until recently (thanks to Judy Schachner for showing off her book on the Provensen’s on social media). The illustrations are as exquisite as the poem itself and both are worthy of discussion.
Resources/activities: read more anti-war or pro-peace books, like these that I have previously recommended: Drummer Hoff , Duck, Death and the Tulip, and Miss Twiggley’s Tree; or other books based on poems.
For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.