About the book: The inspirational true story of Walter Tull’s life is vividly reimagined in scrapbook form, drawing on photographs, documents and records of his life. This fictionalised first person account tells the true story of Walter Tull, footballer for Tottenham Hotspur and the first black officer in the British Army. Tull’s leadership and courage in the trenches of the First World War won him a recommendation for a Military Cross that was never awarded because of the colour of his skin. The story takes the reader from his childhood and life in an orphanage, through his footballing years, to his tragic death, aged 29, on the Somme.
Reasons for Selection: Although Walter Tull lived more than a hundred years ago, the issues he dealt with as a black footballer are sadly still relevant today. Walter Tull made a significant contribution to society yet he remains largely unheard of. This book is ideal for engaging children with his life with its appealing and accessible layout that makes use of contemporary photos and documents. It is a perfect book to study in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday or at any time of the year to open up conversations around prejudice, tolerance and what makes a hero.
From a historical perspective the book is interesting because the first person voice is entirely fictionalised. This is Walter Tull’s story, as presented through the eyes of the author, Micheala Morgan. This provides a good opportunity for children to reflect on the historical veracity.
About Take One Book: The books in the Take One Book collection can be used in conjunction with the Take One Book website, or independently. Take One Book is Just Imagine’s programme for teaching reading and English using high quality literature. You can find further information and free exemplar units on the Take One Book website takeonebook.org
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