In 1945, when young Thomas, his mother, and his new baby brother leave war-torn England to join his stepfather, an American soldier named Jack, in Chicago, Thomas finds a way to give courage to a fellow traveler on the Queen Mary. Includes historical note about war brides.
colorful illustrations and text, the book effectively evokes the particular
time when citizens across the world celebrated the end of a bloody war. That
universal feeling of hope pulses through this title." Reading Today ONline
This entry into the Tales of the World series shines a vivid light on
war’s upheavals by focusing on fictional Thomas, a nine-year-old boy who faces
leaving home, friends, grandparents, and his beloved cricket for the U.S., a
new father, a new school, and the strange sport of baseball. A wedding cake
made by friends’ saving up sugar and powdered eggs for weeks and a view from
the train into London of the Blitz’s devastation bring home war’s everyday
hardship and trauma. At the same time, Thomas is moving into a hopeful future.
Heartfelt watercolor illustrations bring to life the anxiety and tentative joys
of this unique historical situation. Booklist