The Winged Watchman (Living History Library)

The Winged Watchman (Living History Library) Hilda van Stockum
  • Title: The Winged Watchman (Living History Library)
  • Author: Hilda van Stockum
  • ISBN: 9781883937072
  • Page: 135
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Winged Watchman (Living History Library) Hilda van Stockum The Winged Watchman Living History Library This acclaimed story of World War II is rich in suspense characterization plot and spiritual truth Every element of occupied Holland is united in a story of courage and hope a hidden Jewish child a
    This acclaimed story of World War II is rich in suspense, characterization, plot and spiritual truth Every element of occupied Holland is united in a story of courage and hope a hidden Jewish child, an underdiver, a downed RAF pilot, an imaginative, daring underground hero, and the small things of family life which surprisingly carry on in the midst of oppression TheThis acclaimed story of World War II is rich in suspense, characterization, plot and spiritual truth Every element of occupied Holland is united in a story of courage and hope a hidden Jewish child, an underdiver, a downed RAF pilot, an imaginative, daring underground hero, and the small things of family life which surprisingly carry on in the midst of oppression The Verhagen family, who live in the old windmill called the Winged Watchman, are a memorable set of individuals whose lives powerfully demonstrate the resilience of those who suffer but do not lose faith.
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    About Hilda van Stockum


    1. Born February 9, 1908, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Hilda van Stockum was a noted author, illustrator and painter, whose work has won the Newbery Honor and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Brotherhood Award She was also a charter member of the Children s Book Guild and the only person to have served as its president for two consecutive terms.Van Stockum was raised partly in Ireland, and also in Ymuiden, the seaport of Amsterdam, where her father was port commander With no car and few companions, she recalled turning to writing out of boredom She was also a talented artist A penchant for art evidently ran in the family, which counted the van Goghs as distant relatives In the 1920s, she worked as an illustrator for the Dublin based publishing house, Browne Nolan She illustrated her first book, an Irish reader, in 1930, and her last book in 2001, giving her a 71 year career as a book illustrator Van Stockum attended art school in Amsterdam and later in Dublin, where she met and later married Ervin Ross Spike Marlin, who at the time was her brother Willem s roommate at Trinity College Willem Van Stockum was killed piloting a bomber over France in 1944 Van Stockum memorialized him in her book The Mitchells 1945 , about the travails of raising a family in Washington, D.C during the war She often used her family as models for the written and illustrated characters in her books.Not surprisingly then, Van Stockum was, in fact, raising a family in Washington, D.C at the time, having married Marlin, who by 1935 was a Roosevelt administration official.She had written and illustrated her first book for children, A Day on Skates, in 1934 It had a foreword by her aunt by marriage, Edna St Vincent Millay, and won a Newbery Honor During the next four decades she averaged one book per year written, illustrated, translated or some combination Van Stockum and the couple s six children were in tow for Marlin s peripatetic assignments, and it seems nothing short of miraculous that she managed to write and illustrate a score of children s books In addition, she translated and illustrated editions of many other authors.Asked in 1942 by the Washington Post how she did it, Van Stockum replied with characteristic aplomb, By neglecting my other duties Highly organized in her work, she illustrated and painted in the winter and wrote in the summer, when she could get her children out of the house.Known for their warm, vivid, and realistic depictions of family life in the face of danger and difficulties, van Stockum s books typically featured families and were set wherever she happened to be living Francie on the Run 1939 , about a child who escapes from a hospital, was set in Ireland Friendly Gables 1958 completed the Mitchells saga by then they had moved to Montreal from Washington.Her most popular book, The Winged Watchman 1962 is the story of two Dutch boys who help the Resistance during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II The book is based on letters Hilda received from relatives in the Netherlands, and has been praised for conveying an accurate sense of life under Nazi occupation Hilda van Stockum died in 2006 at the age of 98.


    648 Comments


    1. 2016 I read this aloud to Grades 5 6 They liked the story a lot, but since we only had an hour to read it per week, the story was too spread out and they would forget what was going on This isn t the fault of the book, but because of this I don t think the ending had quite as much of an impact I still like the book, but this time around I noticed about lying, etc that is tricky to explain to kids I m not sure van Stockum s assessment of this very tricky moral issue is correct regardless, I foun [...]

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    2. Another example of a children s book that I can t believe I never read sooner An amazing, touching story about a Dutch family in World War II, dealing with the terrible hardships but also finding so much joy and opportunities for bravery and kindness A very emotional read I especially appreciated this book as a vehicle for important discussions with my kids about civil disobedience, truth, hardship, and faith.

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    3. My favorite childhood book, read numerous times in grade school This was the first book I read related to the war and I was hooked.

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    4. I read this to my children while living in Germany 7 years ago and I just reread it to 11 year old Josh who didn t remember it This is one of my favorite children s WW2 books ever along with Snow Treasure I love how this book helps us experience the last year of the war through the eyes of a 10 year old Dutch boy the hunger, the traitorous landwatchers, the resistance fighters, and the ordinary people who risk their lives to help others My children don t enjoy my sobbing as I read the end of thi [...]

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    5. A historical fiction that takes place among the windmills of Holland during World War II It was moving but heartwarming It was written for children, so it was light on the horrors of war, but still very realistic How do you avoid bitterness amidst overwhelming evil Wonderful view of family life in another culture and another time.

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    6. Thw Winged Watchman by Hildavan Stockum is an excellent book A family living in a windmill survives the war, gradually adding people hiding from the Nazis.Perfect for children , helping them to live out the experience of being invaded that so many countries suffered in wartime.

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    7. I read this book when I was a young girl, and it was one of my favorites I am giving it 5 stars from my young girls viewpoint I am going to re read this one, and see what it is that made such an impact on me.

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    8. Historical fiction for kidsa charming, realistic book about World War II in the Netherlands The story is about a Dutch family s involvement with the Dutch Resistence Van Stockum s captivating and descriptive writing encases you in the culture, emotion and landscape.

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    9. A story of a windmillers family in German occupied Holland during World War II This book really helps you experience a lot of the pain and suffering, betrayal, attempts at resistance, and survival for a normal family during that time I also enjoyed the moral dilemas faced by the Christian Catholic characters and how the dialogs addressed these loving hating your enemy, telling the truth vs a lie when the truth would get someone killed, harboring fugitives This will be great reading and discussio [...]

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    10. This is a touching story told from a child s viewpoint during the German occupation of Holland in World War II I read this aloud to my children ages 13, 11, and 9 We were drawn into the story as if we were part of their family We felt fearful and then courageous, apprehensive and then compassionate, shocked and then tearful, hungry and then grateful This story teaches timeless values like compassion, bravery and patriotism through the courageous examples of mother, father, uncle and neighbor.

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    11. This story captured my interested at the beginning and held it to the end I really enjoyed reading about like in Holland during WWII Though life was hard, and the people suffered so much, this story shows just how strong and determined the people were to endure The only thing I didn t care for were the times the Roman Catholic faith was put forth, the talk of praying to saints or going to confession But these were few and could be skipped over if the story was read aloud.

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    12. This book is SUPER good Miss Van Stockum is a sincerely good writer she writes mostly of Jews Germans and their adventures during the World Wars This novel in particular is about a German girl who favors the Natzis and is a part of Natzi Youth, but then changes her mind about her opinion on Jews when she meets a certain young Rebel

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    13. This is a great children s book about the people of Holland during World War II, and one family in particular It was especially interesting to me since my father in law came to the U.S from Holland as a young boy, shortly after the time period in which this book took place I learned much about the people and their way of life as well as enjoying some great historical fiction

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    14. I read this with my 11 year old son and we really enjoyed it I had never thought about Holland during WWII and so it was very educational as well as inspiring I hope I would be as generous and brave during such difficult times.

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    15. Shows great examples of courage and sacrifice and ingenuity A wonderful way for children to learn about this virtues A living book that takes one into the heart of WWII Holland, viewed through the eyes of a child.

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    16. Highly recommend this one We are studying WWII and it has been a great look into the war from the eyes of a Dutch family in German occupied Holland When my boys ask to keep a school book , I know it is especially good

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    17. This was a wonderful historical fiction told threw the eyes of a child When learning about WWII, we often don t hear about countries, like Holland, who suffered brutally under the German occupation.

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    18. The Hail Mary Mary Mary, quite contrary Cutest line in this wonderful book

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    19. Books about the Netherlands during World War II are generally about the Dutch Resistance, but Hilda van Stockum has focused on the daily experiences of one very close knit, religious family living, but without ignoring Resistance activities At ten years old, Joris Verhagen can barely remember what life was like before the Nazis invaded Holland in 1940 when he was 4 Life is hard for the Verhagen family father, a 4th generation millwright, mother, Dirk Jan, 14, Joris and Trixie, 4, but because th [...]

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    20. Set during late World War II in the Netherlands, this acclaimed story, based on the experiences of the author s relatives in Holland, is about ten year old Joris Verhagen, who lives with his father, the windmill master responsible for keeping the Rynsater polder dry, mother, fourteen year old brother Dirk Jan, and three year old sister Trixie who was actually the newborn child of their Jewish neighbors the Groens but was secretly given to the Verhagens when the Groens were taken away three years [...]

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    21. I have read this book than once because I would like to see it become a comic book or movie or made for TV movie This is viewed by many as Hilda van Stockum s best book, dealing with the difficult topic of evil in the Third Reich in a way that reaches children without creating trauma Two miller s sons in occupied Holland discover that a schoolmate has become a traitor, so they decide to intensify their support of the Resistance and outwit him There is a downed RAF pilot that they rescue, and at [...]

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    22. This is actually like four and a half stars I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys children s literature Set during the Nazi occupation of Holland, it s serious but uplifting Hilda Van Stockum seems to know exactly the right amount of explanation to give, laying the foundation for important ideas but leaving room for kids to do some of the thinking themselves.My only complaint is that the character Trixie felt a bit false to me It surprised me because all of the other children are w [...]

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    23. This is a book I reread annually It is a young adult book so a quick and easy read It is set during WW2 Holland It is told from the view of a 10 year old boy I am not sure where I acquired this book but it is an old library book My copy is the 1962 publication and I like the cover better than the newer versions Odd how a different cover can be a turn off I want to live in a windmill.

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    24. A very good book on WWII in Holland Gives a good view of Dutch life on the canals and around the windmills Really enjoyed the relationship between the various family members and members in the community My children loved it as well.

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    25. Exciting YA story about WWII occupied Holland Set in rural Holland, this follows the Verhagen family as they navigate the difficulties of the war Learn about landwatchers, rationing, windmills, polders dikes, Underground resistance, etc Full of heart and a good amount of suspense.

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    26. Meg and Rylie read this recently as part of Rylie s 4th grade history curriculum and they liked it so much they passed it on to me It is about a boy and his family in Nazi occupied Holland and I agree it was quite good and most young readers should enjoy it.

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    27. This was a great historical fiction We read this as a family as we studied WWII I learn things about Holland I did not know The story was very engaging for our children ages 5, 9, 12.

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    28. Current lunchtime read read aloud

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    29. MCL I like the parts about Koba and Besty and Trixie best The windmills were cool I would like to go visit Holland someday.

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    30. It s interesting and I had to read it for school

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