Our family read this book while studying World War I and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I had never heard of Edith Cavell before picking the book up but hers is a name we should all know. Her bravery and sacrifice were amazing.
I didn’t know anything about Edith Cavell and had never even heard of her when I started reading this book to my 10 & 12 year olds. Luckily they are old enough to handle a sad ending like this story has.
The book is very well written…keeping attention and moving quickly while still touching on the span of a life. It is a good way to introduce or become a bit more familiar with WWI. I love the calm, brave, competent example that Edith is to those who follow along with her in this book.
I am embarrassed to say that before reading this I didn’t even recognize the name Edith Cavell. I loved learning about her years as a child and how they molded and shaped her to make the decisions she did later in life. She truly is a history hero and exactly the type of person I would want my children to look up to. She has become a “history hero” for me.
Some books really resonate and stay with you, and this is definitely one that I will remember. Edith Cavell’s story is told simply, but engagingly, and shows how an ordinary person can live an extraordinary life. Her example and choices are powerful, and I look forward to sharing this book with my kids!
My 10 year old avid reader snatched this book up as soon as we received it and read it. She kept after me to read it and when I finally opened it up I finished it in a couple days. It was an engaging and beautiful story that I was not familiar with at all. I felt truly educated and edified by the story of Edith Cavell. I highly recommend this book.
Beautifully written and based on the life of the real, inspiring heroine, The Story of Edith Cavell sweeps readers through Edith’s character-building childhood and into World War I, as she creates and operates Belgium’s first school of nursing despite the country being ruthlessly occupied. Edith becomes a key figure in the dangerous Belgian Underground, and is subsequently caught and tried for high treason.
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This book is a suggested read-aloud for the History Year 2 course and is included in the optional History 2 Book Pack.
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