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Goodnight Mister Tom

Goodnight Mister Tom

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Not too long ago my son read Good Night Mister Tom for the first time, and at one point I heard him crying aloud in his bedroom. A lonely and deprived child, he finds himself living with the reclusive, gruff old widower, Thomas Oakley.

Gruff and with an accent that can be hard to understand (an accent that is replicated in the text), John Thaw makes a perfect Mr.It touched on so many subjects which would’ve been taboo at the time (and some that are still taboo now) and had Willie face all these difficult things to put a spin on it. Set in the English country-side during World War Two, it tells the story of a boy who is evacuated from London. Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, and rightly hailed as a true classic of children's literature, Goodnight Mister Tom is a beautifully told, deeply moving story about the power of friendship, kindness, hope - and love. I can't even remember how often I read it as a young teenager, but I still feel that shiver going down my spine. This book was made even more famous when John Thaw acted in the drama version on television; a book that shows both the trauma of evacuation in 1939, and the relationship that can develop between the young and the elderly.

As time goes by, the odd couple starts bonding, new friendships and interests make life exciting even though the threat of war is omnipresent.

To celebrate the 40 th anniversary of GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM, the classic story is publishing in a stunning clothbound hardback edition on 6 th May 2021. The ALSC Public Awareness and Advocacy committee challenges YOU to reach out and make connections to someone outside your network this year. He learns to love a world he never knew existed, a world of friendship and affection in which harsh words and daily beatings have no place.

It was made into a film starring John Thaw in 1998 which I am told is excellent – I have just bought the DVD and can’t wait to watch it. I thought by the title and the cover that this would be a simple little tale, but it was actually very harrowing! Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian is the unforgettable story of young Willie Beech, evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War.He was standing quite still, feeling both paralysed and yet at the same time filled with a flood of energy. The characters were well developed and I ended up really caring about Tom and Willie, willing them to stay together as a family. There were about 160 commendations of both kinds in 48 years, including three for 1981 (one highly commended). But when Thomas loses touch with William after being summoned back to live with his mother, Thomas embarks on a journey to find the young boy who had become like a son to him.

And as time begins to go by, Tom’s worries begin to increase more and more as Willie had not been answering his letters. This story deals with war, abuse and hate, endurance, poverty, the twisting of religion to justify the abuse of others, the hopelessness of children who have never known love, as well as the joy of giving love. It’s about how a man who once lost so much is at last given the chance to show what a truly good man he is, what a wonderful Father he could have been if fate hadn’t robbed him of that opportunity so many years before.This resource by Royal Institution encourages children to look at the history and continued development of the telephone. War has not yet broken out, though it seems inevitable, and children are being evacuated as a precautionary measure in anticipation of Nazi bombing. It has been adapted for television by Brian Finch and as a play by David Wood, broadcast as a radio series in Sweden and Norway, and been optioned by Gaumont for television.



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