My Village

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My Village

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There is a little village deep in the countryside of Alsace in France.... To find it, get off the train at a small station decorated with flowers, and walk down a narrow road between some orchards. In the distance, you’ll see the church spire rising above the wheat fields ...
This is not a made-up village―it really exists. It was the village where Jean-Jacques Waltz, known through his books and drawings as “Hansi,” lived, and he loved the place more than any other on Earth. When he wrote My Village, Alsace was occupied by Germany following the Franco-Prussian War, and Hansi used his skills as an illustrator to poke gentle fun at the German authorities.

The beautiful, colorful, and meticulous pictures in this book show Alsatian adults and children in their traditional dress, going about their traditional lives in harmony with their surroundings. They are patriotic, kind, and always smiling, despite their difficult circumstances, and they honor the values handed down through the generations. In contrast, Hansi portrays the Germans as brash and self-indulgent, imposing petty laws on the villagers and trying to impose German culture. Hansi’s satire, however, is always humorous, and the book is a joy throughout. Sharp-eyed readers will enjoy spotting the subtle references in his illustrations. The text is suitable for children from about eight years old, but adults will appreciate it, as well.

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Hansi (1873–1951) was born Jean-Jacques Waltz in Colmar, in the French region of Alsace. A pro-French activist in a German-occupied area following the Franco-Prussian War, he worked as an artist and produced satirical drawings that mocked German authorities. In 1908, he began publishing under the pseudonym “Oncle Hansi,” or just “Hansi.” He was imprisoned several times, including in Leipzig in 1914, from where he escaped back to France to join the military during World War I. In 1941, the Gestapo nearly assassinated him, but he fled to Switzerland. He never recovered from his injuries and died in Colmar in 1951. He is a hero in Alsace, where his books and drawings are widely reproduced.

C. J. Moore has degrees in modern languages and linguistics from the universities of Oxford and Edinburgh. For many years he worked as author and editor for Heinemann Educational Books. He is well-known as author of the award-winning Ishtar and Tammuz (Frances Lincoln), Peter William Butterblow; The Fire Bird; and Wild Goose Lake (Floris Books). He also edited the concise Carmina Gadelica, a major anthology of Gaelic oral poetry. His most recent book is In Other Words: A Language Lover’s Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World (Walker Books US, Oxford University Press UK, 2005).

Review:

'A striking book ... a charming, colourful depiction of an ideal village, its sweetness sharpened by the artist's commentary.' -- Pat Thomson, Carousel, Spring 2009 'The book is richly illustrated, and richly thought-provoking. It made me wonder about how, in future, Palestinian and Iraqi children's books, for example, might depict the forces currently occupying these nations? How should the oppressors of now be represented to the young descendants of the oppressed? There are of course no answers to these questions.' -- Books for Keeps, March 2009 'Hansi was a pioneering picture book creator ... It is spendidly detailed and fitting of its own time in style and carefully reveals life in Alsace in the early years of the last century.' -- The School Librarian, April 2009

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