Sunday, September 9, 2018

Small Feet on the Run by Sieglinde Martin

I got this book for free to review. This was written by one of my best friend's Mom.  Thanks to them, I learned that I can do book reviews for a living.

Small​ ​Feet​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Run​ ​is​ ​a​ ​WWII​ ​book​ ​written​ ​by​ ​Sieglinde​ ​Martin.​ ​She​ ​had​ ​asked​ ​16​ ​people​ ​to​ ​tell​ ​their​ ​stories​ ​about​ ​growing​ ​up​ ​ ​during​ ​WWII.​ ​
All these stories had hope in them.  The children would find ways to amuse themselves.  Like Annemarie would dress her Aunt’s dog in dresses and scarves. Ingrid, found watching the activities at a Makeshift hospital new and exciting. Surprisingly, they would also collect bomb shrapnel to trade like baseball cards. Even in an air raid shelter, they can find amusement. Like this one gentleman had to use a pot for a helmet, and had trouble getting it off. The kids found it amusing, though the parents, of course, did not.
They also had to travel long distances by trains that were so packed, you could only carry a few things, and no facilities, only when the train stops and they can use the outdoors. One little girl, Anna had to travel alone. Her parents had to leave her behind at a hospital, since she was too sick to travel.  She had gotten some money from her Father, and was able to use that for a ticket. She had help from a couple of lovely ladies as well.
I liked how the kids thought the American Soldiers were nice. The Soldiers would even give some of them candy.
At​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​each​ ​story​ ​she​ ​asked​ ​the storytellers if  the​ ​war​ ​affected​ ​them​. ​It​ ​was​ ​nice to​ ​hear​ ​how​ ​they​ ​coped​ ​afterwards,​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​like​ ​a​ ​sequel​ ​to​ ​their​ ​stories.
She even gave her own story, which I thought was a nice touch.
Ms.Martin​ ​was​ ​kind​ ​enough​ ​to​ ​have​ ​a​ ​map​ ​and​ ​gave​ ​details​ ​about​ ​the​ ​cities and regions,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​nice when​ ​you’re​ ​not​ ​very​ ​good​ ​at​ ​geography.​ ​She​ ​also​ ​gives​ ​definitions​ ​for​ ​German​ ​or Russian​ ​words,​ ​in​ ​case​ ​you​ ​didn’t​ ​study​ ​those​ ​in​ ​school.
At​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​book,​ ​she​ ​goes​ ​into​ ​great​ ​detail​ ​about​ ​how​ ​the​ ​war​ ​would​ ​affect​ ​the economy.​ ​Some​ ​of​ ​those​ ​numbers​ ​seemed​ ​staggering,​ ​you​ ​wonder​ ​if​ ​Politicians​ ​really understand​ ​the​ ​complexity​ ​of​ ​it.  
She​ ​even​ ​talked​ ​about​ ​how​ ​it​ ​would​ ​affect​ ​the​ ​climate​ ​change,​ ​which​ ​I​ ​found​ ​fascinating.
You​ ​wonder​ ​how​ ​people​ ​can​ ​go​ ​to​ ​war.​ ​I​ ​mean​ ​we​ ​are​ ​all​ ​humans,​ ​how​ ​can​ ​we​ ​just​ ​kill innocent​ ​people​ ​like​ ​they​ ​did​ ​in​ ​WWII?​ ​They​ ​hadn’t​ ​done​ ​anything​ ​wrong,​ ​yet​ ​they​ ​still get​ ​punished.​ ​And​ ​the​ ​Governments​ ​don’t​ ​seem​ ​to​ ​care ​about​ ​stuff​ ​like​ ​that​ ​when​ ​they go​ ​to​ ​war.
I​ ​agree​ ​with​ ​Ms.​ ​Martin,​ ​we​ ​should​ ​get​ ​rid​ ​of​ ​war.​ ​But​ ​that​ ​may​ ​never​ ​happen.​ ​Maybe​ ​if we​ ​get​ ​rid​ ​of​ ​all​ ​the​ ​weapons?​ ​But​ ​that​ ​seems​ ​like​ ​a​ ​daunting​ ​task. Maybe​ ​someday​ ​we​ ​can​ ​live​ ​in​ ​Peace.​ ​But​ ​for​ ​now​ ​we​ ​can​ ​only​ ​hope. No​ ​more​ ​war,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​slogan​ ​Ms.​ ​Martin​ ​uses,​ ​maybe​ ​we​ ​should​ ​all​ ​start​ ​saying​ ​it.
I had learned a lot from this book. But the main thing I learned, is that people are resilient. No matter how hard things are in life, there is always a silver lining.  People learned to make due with what they have and know exactly what is important, mainly their family and health. As long as you have both of those, you can overcome anything. Even if you don’t, you still push on, no matter how tired you are.
If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​a​ ​fan​ ​of​ ​History​ ​or​ ​a​ ​WWII​ ​buff,​ ​then​ ​I​ ​would​ ​highly​ ​recommend​ ​reading​ ​this book. And​ ​even​ ​if​ ​you​ ​aren’t,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​a​ ​fascinating​ ​read.​ ​It’s​ ​like​ ​sitting​ ​with​ ​your​ ​Grandparents and​ ​listening​ ​to​ ​them​ ​telling​ ​their​ ​stories​ ​of​ ​their​ ​past.

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