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Win I Saw a Beautiful Woodpecker Book!

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Listed on 11th November 2021
Closes in 0 days 8th December 2021

Win I Saw a Beautiful Woodpecker Book!

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When Michal Skibiński was eight years old, his teacher gave him an assignment to improve his handwriting: he had to keep a journal, writing one sentence a day.

But this was in the summer of 1939 in Warsaw, Poland, and along with Michal’s visits to a local stream and his excitement about finding a caterpillar, there are entries which point to the outbreak of World War II.

From a plane circling over Anin to September 14th’s entry, ‘Warsaw is bravely defending itself’, Michal’s journal provides a fascinating and moving insight into a child’s view of war – as well as his games of football, trips to the park, and ice cream cones.

Now, 80 years later, Michal’s diary has been translated by Eliza Marciniak and features stunning paintings from Ala Bankroft alongside photographs of pages from the diary.

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