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Goodnight Mister Tom: Michelle Magorian (A Puffin Book)

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This is such a great story, it’s about the transformative power of kindness and understanding, of patience and friendship. William remains bedridden and traumatised by his ordeal. He blames himself for the death of his sister, as he was not able to give her enough milk. Zach visits him daily. William grows stronger and visits his favourite teacher, Annie Hartridge. From Annie and Zach, William learns that he could not have fed a baby on his own and that a woman cannot conceive a child on her own. He realises his mother had sex with a man, though she told him that it was a sin for unmarried men and women to consort. He no longer blames himself for his sister's death. As I mentioned, I read this book when I was ten and now twelve years later this book was still beautiful. It has aged extremely well. Willie finally reaches the standard of reading and writing required to join his friends in Miss Hartridge's class. There, rather than struggling, he actually performs very well, much to everyone's surprise. Carrie, a top student in the class, requests to take the exam so she can attend high school.

To avoid a gang of bullies during the summer holidays, 12-year-old Elsie eagerly accepts a role in a play at the local theatre. Here's a great picture of what it must have been like living during those uncertain time, a picture also of the innocence of childhood ripped apart by a war yet to come. Heartfelt, here's a deep and disturbing read too, as it doesn't shy away from such a tough topic as child abuse (and in graphic detail at that).This book is one of my all-time favourites and I know I say that about every book, but I definitely mean it this time. a b "Goodnight, Mister Tom" (first U.S. edition). Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 4 August 2012. With a later publisher description. I really liked this book because it was very moving to read. The characters were well developed and I ended up really caring about Tom and Willie, willing them to stay together as a family. Good Night, Mr. Tom essays are academic essays for citation. These papers were written primarily by students and provide critical analysis of Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian.

I first read it when I was about ten and I was in Year 5, learning about WW2 and the Blitz and evacuees. Seeing as I had read all the books we had to read and I was allowed to go into the library and choose my own book. And this one was the first book I chose. William heals through his friendship with another recluse, Geoffrey Sanderton, a young man who lost a leg during the war and gives William private art lessons. After Geoffrey shares a photo of his own best friend, who is also dead, William begins to come to terms with Zach's death. Using Zach's bike, William teaches himself to ride. He realises that Zach will always be a part of him. William also grows closer to Carrie as they bond over Zach's memories. Ah, Mister Tom, if only that were so easy for you to convince yourself with just words, because the moment eight-year-old evacuee, Willie, comes to stay at his home in Little Weirwold, Goodnight Mister Tom beautifully shows just how difficult it is for us to follow through on our own constituents. 🌸When you welcome someone into your home, you also welcome them into your heart. And Michelle Magorian’s first novel poignantly shows exactly that - a heart-warming and emotional read that gently reminds us how kindness and love can bring happiness and joy to those hearts that have never had the chance to receive it. 🫶🏻🫶🏻Speaking of additional features in this 40th anniversary edition, the new introduction from the author was lovely. Not only did it explain the concept of sewing children into their clothes (something that confused me in the story) but it also explained the origin of the story which is something that’s always interesting to read about. Normally I hate watching adaptations of my favourite books because they never ever EVER measure up. The child reading this book will get to learn the difference between when an adult misbehaves and when an adult actually cares.

Will gets home that evening to find that the authorities from London have come to Tom's house. They inform Will that his mother has committed suicide and they want to put him in a children's home where he can be adopted by foster parents. He adamantly refuses and tells them he must stay with Tom, who loves him. Tom manages to convince them that the boy would do best with him. Finally, they agree to let Tom adopt Will. Tom and Will are both elated and dance around in celebration.Michelle Magorian's classic wartime story is a superbly written and deeply moving tale, which shows that even the most unlikely people can become exceptional parents. You will love Tom. He’s the perfect adult character of all time for me! I just wish every adult to be this giving, caring and nurturing towards every child. Willie Beech is a scrawny eight-year-old boy from London. For his whole life, he has been physically and emotionally abused by his religious mother, leading him to be extremely timid and fearful. He is evacuated to a small village called Little Weirwold and is placed to live with a man named Tom Oakley, a gruff but kind widower in his 60s. Tom has lost his wife and baby son over 40 years ago and has consequently become somewhat of a hermit, not participating in the usual town social activities. His happiness comes to an end when he is summoned to return to his mother in London and a life of abuse and cruelty. Willie's mother pours anger on him for his new found happiness and hatred for his being friends with Zach because Zach is Jewish. she has hidden a baby she has secretly given birth to. Since her death he had never wanted to touch anything that might remind him of her. Trust a strange boy to soften him up. The odd thing was that, after he had entered the paint shop, he had felt as if a heavy wave of sadness had suddenly been lifted from out of him.”

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