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Publisher's Summary

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. 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.

©1995 Hilda van Stockum/Bethlehem Books (P)2014 Bethlehem Books

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Thoughtful story w/ excellent narration

After having lived in the Netherlands for several years, I was delighted to enjoy this authentic book with my children. A thoughtful, moving story that will cause you to pause and think and rejoice without sappy manipulation so common in contemporary children's literature. Beautiful themes of compassion, duty, forgiveness. Excellently presented. First rate all around.

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The love, courage y honor of a WWII Dutch family.

Honestly portrays the danger and tragedy of Holland’s wartime occupation by the Nazis without being too frightening for children. Offsets this with courageous and exciting deeds by the children to do their part to help their country during times of great suffering. Brings to life the beauty and haven of having good, loving parents and a faith that sustains, partly by addressing head on the questions about why God doesn't intervene and why we mustn't hate our enemies.

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A Great Family Book

I listened to this with my 5, 7, 9, and 11 year old children. The 5 and 7 year olds tuned out and played for parts but the 9 and 11 year old and myself were enthralled! An excellent book for picturing the events of WWII and the family.

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captivating tale of the love between neighbors

Van Stockum crafts an exciting saga of struggle and triumph that will engage young and old alike. Her story rings with the truth beyond the pain of hardship and loss dotted with sweet moments of joy and shared love. John Lee guides the listener through with ease creating suspense followed by relief time and again. Looking forward to more from both!

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A story of courage.

Great story to listen to with my kids. Inspiring to hear of the bravery and courage of the Dutch in the face of hardship during WW2 in Holland.

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great story about a lesser known area of WWII.

great way to introduce kids to the tragedies and hardships of WWII. I believe it's best for ages 9 and up, although my 7 yo listened too. the children in the story acted courageously and with faith. great listen for the whole family.

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A good childhood memory

My wife and I listened to this classic book from my childhood. It was one we read to our own sons and now our grandson has read it, too. We enjoyed it immensely. It is a book of hope in spite of war.

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Inspiring and moving

Loved this inspiring and instructive story. Amazing, resilient people. Really shows how the the war affected the Dutch people, and how they refused to give up. Proud to be part Dutch!

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It was so good

I thought that it was very good and that when the uncle died and it turned out to be kase Kip I just thought that was the most necessary thing because it just made have so much more detail to it.

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The winged wachman

It is a great book with a lot of tragedy, but it was still fun to read i hope that there is more like this book.