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An Eagle in the Snow by Michael Morpurgo πŸ“š review & competition! πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ

November 9, 2015

Children are very very intelligent individuals, they listen to everything and continually ask questions to further their understanding and knowledge of the world they live in.

My older son who will turn eight next month is intelligent and loves to read and learn. Sometimes I think books with fictional comical characters are not enticing enough to satisfy his interest and desire to learn. Of course I want him to laugh and enjoy what he reads, but if he can learn and enjoy a book too, now that is a real winner.

I love historical novels, when that books is based on a true story or depicts true events then that story cannot be put down. I want my son to read more books where he learns about our history, so he not only appreciates the life we live on today but is educated in the process.


An Eagle in the Snow 

An Eagle in the Snow is the latest novel by renowned author of children’s novels Michael Morpurgo. He is thr author of the superb book War Horse, which is also a blockbuster movie and West End show. 

An Eagle in the Snow is a novel inspired by the true story of one man who might have stopped World War II. The year is 1940 and a train is under attacks from German fighters. In the darkness, sheltering in a railway tunnel, the stranger in the carriage with Barney and his mother tells them a story to pass the time. The amazing story of a young man, a young soldier in the trenches of World War I who, on the spur of the moment, had done what he thought was the right thing. Inspired by the true story of Henry Tandey, the most decorated Private soldier of the first World War.


At first I thought the storyline might be too overpowering for my son, too scary in fact. We try to protect our kids from all the evil in the world as much as we can, turning off gruesome stories we see on the news. 

But I was absolutely wrong. Michael Murpurgo is a master storyteller, and the facts have been so intricately weaved into the story that my son was mesmerised as if watching a movie on the television as we read on to find out more. 

It is a real page turner and is very educational. The illustrations are beautiful and so essential to draw in the young mind. Barney is a football fan and loves trains, these simple facts made it so easy for my son to relate to the boy in the story, as although they lived in different eras they had the same interests. 

We have also been wearing red poppies this week as it was Remembrance Week where those who died in the line of duty are remembered by those young and old, so my son has been asking many questions about past wars.

Illustrations from inside ‘An Eagle in the Snow’

A lovely book to give as a gift for children and adults alike. My son has asked me for more books about World War I & II after reading this book. Our history shapes our future and it’s so important for the younger generation to learn from the past.

As Michael Morpurgo quite rightly says about his books, “I write fiction, but fiction with roots in history, in the people who made our history, who fought and often died in our wars.” The new generation needs to learn from the past through inspirational stories aimed for children like these. History is very important.

Find out more about Michael Morpurgo here –

An Eagle in the Snow was published last month by Harper Collins and is available in all major book stores & on amazon. The trailer is mesmerising-

Book trailer:

Amazon link:

Michael Morpurgo’s website:
🌟🌟🌟🌟Competition Time 🌟🌟🌟🌟

To win a copy simply email me at –

Send me your name & address. I will pick a winner at random. Only open to those in the UK. Competition closes – November 14th at Midnight. 

Good luck lovelies xxx

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