What Are We Fighting For? (Macmillan Poetry)
Roger StevensAges 6-8
What Are We Fighting For? explores the concept of war in a brilliantly accessible way for younger readers. Fascinating and moving in equal measure, there are poems about incredibly brave dogs, cats and pigeons; the Christmas truce of WWI when soldiers played football in No Man's Land; poems about rationing and what it was like to be an evacuee, poems about modern warfare and the reality of war today; plus lots of amazing true historical facts.
This cross-curricular poetry book is a brilliant way to get young readers thinking about both the historical and philosophical aspects of war.
This is an accessible way for children to gain an introduction to war poetry and the valuable insights it provides. Ponder over the poems and what they can teach us.
These two poets are well known not only for their poetry books for Children but also for the workshops they run in schools, libraries and at festivals. So they are extremely well qualified to create these poems about war for young readership.
The School Librarian
This contemporary collection provides a lyrical insight into the poetry of war, most evident in some of Brian Moses' poems about the First World War with their Larkin-esque evocation of lost youth and misplaced optimism.