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Taff in the WAAF
 

Taff in the WAAF (Hardback)

Illustrated by Manning, Mick
Illustrated by Granstrom, Brita

A companion to the successful and innovative Tail-End Charlie, this tells the fascinating story of life on the Home Front in World War II

ISBN 9781847800930
Barcode 9781847800930
Published 2 September 2010 by Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781847800930
ISBN-10 1847800939
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Imprint Frances Lincoln Childrens Books
Publication Date 2 September 2010
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) Illustrated by Manning, Mick
Illustrated by Granstrom, Brita
Category Award Winning
History
General Picture Books
True Stories (Of Endurance and Survival)
Warfare, Defence & Peace Studies
Number of Pages 40
Dimensions Width: 270mm
Height: 214mm
Spine: 9mm
Weight 408g
Interest Age 8-11 years
Reading Age 8-11 years
Library of Congress World War, 1939-1945 - Juvenile literature - Women, World War, 1939-1945 - Juvenile literature - Great Britain
NBS Text Children's General Non-Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 940.544941
Catalogue Code NZ505349

Description of this Book

Mick Manning's mother was a young woman in Wales at the outbreak of World War II. This fascinating book, a companion to the the very successful Tail-End Charlie about Mick's father's life in the RAF in World War II, tells her story using the same innovative non-fiction narrative style. At the outbreak of war and the start of food rationing, she left school aged 14 to work in a local greengrocer's shop. Eventually joining the WAAF (the Women's Auxiliary Air Force), she became a wireless operator and eventually a Y service listener for the secret signal decoding operation at Bletchley Park where the famous German Enigma Code was cracked. The book also looks at other essential women's roles during the war including ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service), the Wrens (Women's Royal Naval Service), Land Army, Fire Service etc, and at a wide range of aspects of life affected by the war effort. Simply written and using speech bubbles and captioned illustration boxes of artefacts and documents from the period, this is a dramatic and engaging introduction to its subject.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of English 4-11 Book Awards - Key Stage 2 2011 (UK)
NZ Review This is the companion volume to the very successful Tail-End Charlie...There is a high demand for books about this period which are pitched at a simple level, so this book will be well received by teachers who cover this subject. Back to School Bookseller Visually-striking and engaging chronicle. Bradford Telegraph & Argus A mixture of comic strip, words, pictures and memorabilia vivdly reveal Taff's story and life during the war in this atmospheric book. Engrossing and informative read for all ages. Primary Times Every home should have a copy. -- Lynn Parsons BBC Radio 2 How do you explain the events of the Second World War to a primary school child? Here's how. Manning and Granstrom have evolved their unique approach to information books over two decades combining thorough research with compelling stories, characterful illustrations and clever design. Glasgow Herald The illustrations vividly capture life of 'ordinary' people during the War and give us an excellent picture of how life was 'behind the scenes'. Other essential jobs done by women during the war are also investigated, and the use of artefacts and documents from the time make this an excellent resource for KS2 history. Parents in Touch From the endpapers to the presentation of the text as if typed on a 1930s typewriter, this is impeccably designed, written and illustrated: an absorbing, exciting and thoughtful account of one woman's war in all its aspects. Books for Keeps This book deserves to become a children's classic. www.parentsintouch.co.uk The true story of a woman who joins the forces and ends up cracking Nazi codes at Blechley Park. Its mix of spies, submarines, Nazis, computers and codes should appeal to both girls and boys, and help set the record straight: the war wasn't won entirely by jolly good chaps with moustaches. Mail on Sunday Inspired by his [Mick Manning's] mother, who served in the WAAF during the Second World War. From life in the Blitz to dodging a Doodlebug, this captivating book really brings history to life. Beautifully illustrated by Manning and his wife Brita Granstrom, it's full of cartoons, documents and fascinating anecdotes about rations, dancing the jitterbug and listening to enemy Morse code. Daily Express No school library should be without this title and I cannot recommend it highly enough. School Librarian Every bit as absorbing as its companion volume 'Tail-End Charlie'! The combination of image and text appeals to a wide ability rnage and it would be an informative and fascinating text to share in guided reading. My Year 6 class queued to borrow it and it proved to be a resource that the children returned to regularly throughout our Wolrd War Two theme. English 4-11

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Author's Bio

MICK MANNING and BRITA GRANSTROEM have developed a unique approach to picture information books over the last 21 years. Sharing the illustration between them and mixing words and pictures in inventive ways, they have won many awards, including the Smarties Silver Award, and are five-times winners of the English Association Award. Mick fell in love with wildlife on primary school nature walks many years ago, and has an MA in Natural History Illustration from the Royal College of Art. Brita grew up on a farm, and has an MFA from Konstfack in Stockholm. They spend a lot of their time having both Swedish and British Wild Adventures with their four children. Their other books for Frances Lincoln include: The Beatles; Charles Dickens, Scenes from an Extraordinary Life; What Mr Darwin Saw; Tail-End Charlie; Taff in the WAAF; The Secrets of Stonehenge; Woolly Mammoth; and the Fly on the Wall series: Roman Fort, Viking Longship; Pharoah's Egypt; Greek Hero. MICK MANNING and BRITA GRANSTROEM have developed a unique approach to picture information books over the last 21 years. Sharing the illustration between them and mixing words and pictures in inventive ways, they have won many awards, including the Smarties Silver Award, and are five-times winners of the English Association Award. Mick fell in love with wildlife on primary school nature walks many years ago, and has an MA in Natural History Illustration from the Royal College of Art. Brita grew up on a farm, and has an MFA from Konstfack in Stockholm. They spend a lot of their time having both Swedish and British Wild Adventures with their four children. Their other books for Frances Lincoln include: The Beatles; Charles Dickens, Scenes from an Extraordinary Life; What Mr Darwin Saw; Tail-End Charlie; Taff in the WAAF; The Secrets of Stonehenge; Woolly Mammoth; and the Fly on the Wall series: Roman Fort, Viking Longship; Pharoah's Egypt; Greek Hero.

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