Flamingo Boy by Michael Morpurgo

The book is about Lorenzo who is autistic. He rescues an 18 year old called Vincent when he gets ill. Lorenzo rescues lots of animals and birds, mostly flamingos, and tries to make them better.

He lives with his friend Kezia on a farm in the Camargue region in France. As Vincent gets better, Kezia told him the story of how she and Lorenzo became friends in WW2.

An important part of the story is why Vincent was there. It was because of a picture by Vincent Van Gogh of fishing boats at the beach at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer which is in the story. I looked up the paintings and tried to do one myself with oil pastels.

Another important part of the story is an old carousel that Lorenzo liked to ride as a kid. The music on the carousel was called Sur Le Pont d’Avignon. I listened to it on YouTube so I could imagine what it would sound like.

I would rate the book 5 stars because it was very dramatic and interesting. I enjoyed the parts when he was saving the flamingos. I would recommend this book to anyone my age and over because there are some sad bits. But there’s a lot of things in it that are important in history.  We have done some trips as part of my family’s home education and learnt a lot about WW1 and WW2 some of the things made me feel quite sad. I enjoy reading books about this time period.

I am reading 100 books between 10th March and 31st December to raise money for The Harvey Hext Trust – A Siblings Wish charity. I am blogging at www.jsworldofwonder.wordpress.com if you want to follow the rest of my challenge.