A Year of Borrowed Men

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A Year of Borrowed Men

by Michelle Barker, illustrated by Renne Benoit
Pajama Press, 2015

In 1944 when all available German men were fighting in the war, French men were ‘borrowed’ to help work on the farms.  A true story of the author’s mother and told from a child’s point of view readers experience the fears, the friendships and the unfairness of how people were forced to live during the war.  The family wants to treat the workers well, but they are limited on what they can do.  They feed them well, but the men must sleep in the stinky barn.  A gentle story, told from the view point of a German girl, of how the war impacted German families.  A beautiful, poignant story that subtly introduces humanity during times of war.

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