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Thursday, 24 February 2011

Walter Tull: Footballer, Soldier, Hero (Collins Big Cat)

Walter Tull was a successful footballer and officer in the British Army in World War One. These achievements are even more exceptional because Walter was Afro-Caribbean, succeeding in a world that still considered black people inferior. Follow him from the orphanage to the football field and final days in the trenches, in this inspiring biography. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * A biography * A timeline on pages 54 and 55 presents the key events in Walter Tull's life chronologically, allowing plenty of recapping and further discussion. * Curriculum Links: History: What was it like to live here in the past?

Before I was sent this book to review, I had never heard of Walter Tull. He was the first black soldier to become an Infantry Officer in the British Army and one of the first black footballers in Britain.
The book is one of the Collins Big Cat reading scheme books (Diamond band 17), however it is really interesting and informative non fiction book, a biography, which covers a number of topics, including slavery, the abolition of slavery, the journey travelled to become a professional footballer and the life of a soldier in world war one.
There are a number of original photographs in the book, but also a number of illustrations which accompany the narrative beautifully. The narrative tells the history and the story of Walter Tull's life in great detail and in words that a child would understand.
I would recommend this book to people who enjoy history or learning about the life of a footballer or world war one soldier.
Thank you to Michael from The School Run Forum for sending me this book to review. I learnt lots from it.

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