Loved the movie, too!
War Horse, which is an excellent and gentle introduction to the first World War.
I thought I'd read this book already, but as it turns out, I read Devil at my Heels by Louis Zamperini. Both books relate the same incredible story, but Laura Hillenbrand's version is definitely a stronger narrative. Most everyone has heard of the amazing life of Louis Zamperini and his early life of theft and poverty, his Olympic running career and position of gunner in WWII. When his plane was shot down, he and his companions survived in a life raft (surrounded by sharks) longer than any other person in history. He became a POW who was savagely beaten and starved for years. He was released and returned home, only to fall victim to post-traumatic stress and alcoholism. A deeply moving and incredible story about the power of faith and the human spirit. Read it! And then watch the movie, it's pretty incredible in its own right!
I read this children's classic with my 7 year old this month. One of my favorite read-alouds of all time. I just adore this book! It's a classic for a reason.
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