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How Puffin's wartime spirit is keeping kids connected in isolation

Posted On: 18 May 2020   |   Posted By: The Big Issue

Eighty years ago, more than 2.5 million British children were packed off to the countryside under the Government Evacuation Scheme. The evacuation started a mere three days before the Second World War broke out in 1939. Unaware of where they were going and for how long, children frantically assembled at their schools and waited to be ferried off by bus, rail and even ship to the surrounding countryside, where it was hoped they'd be out of harm's way.
The evacuation process was traumatic for most, and many children struggled to adjust to the new, unfamiliar surroundings of living in a stranger's home, with some even attempting to run away.
Recognising the need for an antidote, Allen Lane, of Penguin Books proposed a series of non-fiction picture books, inspired by similar literature published for Soviet children at the time.
The purpose of these books would be to distract children from the isolation they faced, and to help them settle into their new lives away from loved ones. Allen believed that literature...

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