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Silver Sword [Ian Serraillier] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. BOOKS. The Silver Sword study guide contains a biography of Ian Serraillier, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full. The Silver Sword has ratings and reviews. Kellyn said: Escape from Warsaw by Ian Serraillier, originally titled The Silver Sword, is the advent.

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The superintendent had received a letter from Kurt, who had also sent the Silver Sword with the letter, knowing the children had to go through him to get to Switzerland. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of I think it’s a book that will be read for years to come, and although it’s not one often mentioned, I don’t think it’ll ever be forgotten.

This edition is part of the Vintage Children’s Classics series which is aimed at and shaped by year olds, and the adults in their lives. Published just eleven years after the end of the war, The Silver Sword was ahead of its time, and was used for both educational and recreational purposes.

Though based on true events, the characters were made up for the purposes of this story. To view it, click here. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Mini review from my blog: Are the kids in the book Jewish? Edek almost drowned, because he was too weak to swim, but Jan was able to save the Balicki children.

My class had a lot of students whose parents had emigrated to Australia after the war and I believe that the school put this on the reading list to foster understanding and tolerance. The boy, Edek, attempts to save his mother by firing his rifle at the Germans occupying their town, however, they are quickly repelled and forced out on the run.

This book though manages, for me anyway, to do both. Better in many ways, then the perfectly happy ending, I loved that the author still left the reader with some hard things to digest and dealt honestly with his characters.

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Found this on a list of children’s classics, read with daughter All versions of this book ISBN: Overall a most satisfying weekend read. Descriptions accurately depict the damage of battle, including before and after in Warsaw.

They are at first confused by his Polish appearance and speech, combined with his Nazi uniform, but they accept him as a friend after he tells them about what has happened to him, and shows them the prison number branded on his arm as proof.

The story provides an interest insight into the fate of some children in wartime Poland and Europe after World War 2. Join the site and send us your review! Open Preview See a Problem? But I remember that I loved it and that despite it being probably 15 years or more ago that I read it Ive never forgotten it.

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier (4 star ratings)

He then heads to his hometown of Warsaw. I enjoyed this book – it was obvious that it was tje appropriate for youngsters but it was well written, the story flowed and it held my interest to the end -if ailver nephew’s read more of the written word I think they would enjoy it and give them a perspective of a troubled time and kids who had next to nothing and were searching for their parents. Serraillier’s quasi-reportorial touches are very strange, especially in a children’s book, but the adventures of the Balicki family are undeniably thrilling, and the focus on their postwar war struggles is fascinating.

My edition does not have any notes about the historical basis of the story, as apparently other editions do, and that would have interested me. It is all that I remember it being. The final adventure, a crossing of Lake Constanceproved to be the most dangerous as a terrible storm whipped up and capsized their boat.

Ruth and Bronia were still living in the city, in a new shelter, and one day Bronia found an older boy lying prone in the street. Favourite Quotes Page 85 – ‘Treating people soft’.

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier – review

Finally, the children were reunited with their parents and reintroduced Jan to their father. The plot in gripping and harrowing and gives you a real sense of how war can effect even the youngest, most innocent of children in such an extreme way. But now, seeing it in the library still in print after all these years, I thought I tue try it.

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The children’s determination and resourcefulness are obvious, but just as obvious—poignantly so—is how very lucky they ultimately are. The children embark serraollier a great adventure travelling over a long distance, meeting many interesting sqord along the way.

Apart from the questions left unanswered this was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone in their early years and also to others who want a quick read that gives you a lift about human nature.

I was quite interested in the history of World War II, but I had no interest then in how it affected children.

Jan eventually returned to the others, and along with Ruth he obtained a temporary job. From the very first time serralilier is met, he shows his rebellious side by stealing food from the children’s father as he is trying to escape the city. A burgomaster, who was doing his rounds, crashed his car outside the farm. Add to the long list I must read again.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. It is a wonderful story with a happy ending and that grates a little because so many did not have the fortune or ending that these children experienced.

Their father is srraillier teacher who is arrested for removing or reversing the …more As far as I can recall, they’re not, at least not the Balicki children. I suppose it is simply due to tne exposure to so much astonishingly brilliant literature over the past few years that I didn’t find the writing of the story particularly exciting.

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