I Saw a Beautiful Woodpecker: Win this incredible diary from a boy living through World War II

We're giving away three copies of this stunning insight into life during the outbreak of war.

The front cover of I Saw a Beautiful Woodpecker

When Michal Skibiński was eight years old, his teacher gave him an assignment to improve his handwriting: he had to keep a journal, writing one sentence a day.

But this was in the summer of 1939 in Warsaw, Poland, and along with Michal's visits to a local stream and his excitement about finding a caterpillar, there are entries which point to the outbreak of World War II.

From a plane circling over Anin to September 14th's entry, 'Warsaw is bravely defending itself', Michal's journal provides a fascinating and moving insight into a child's view of war - as well as his games of football, trips to the park, and ice cream cones.

Now, 80 years later, Michal's diary has been translated by Eliza Marciniak and features stunning paintings from Ala Bankroft alongside photographs of pages from the diary.

We have three copies of I Saw a Beautiful Woodpecker to give away, so if you fancy getting your hands on this special book simply answer the question below and leave your details before the closing date of 11pm on Wednesday, 8 December. Good luck!

I Saw a Beautiful Woodpecker: Win this incredible diary from a boy living through World War II

On which date is Remembrance Sunday being commemorated this year? *

Terms and conditions

1. Participants must be at least 18 years old to enter.

2. To enter the competition, you must be a resident of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

3. The competition is not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of BookTrust.

4. Only one entry per person.

5. Entries must be submitted by 11pm on Wednesday, 8 December 2021.

6. There will be three winners selected at random (from all eligible entries).

7. If a chosen winner does not respond to correspondence within one week, a new winner will be selected.

8. Our decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

9. The prize will not be transferable to another person.

10. No part of the prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.

11. The prize is run by BookTrust of G8 Battersea Studios, 80 Silverthorne Road, Battersea, London SW8 3HE. However, the prize will be sent out by a third party and by entering you acknowledge that your details will be passed on to them, solely for the purposes of administering this competition.

12. Prizes will be sent out to winners by post. However, BookTrust cannot be held responsible for any prizes lost, damaged or stolen after they have been sent.

13. Where a third party is supplying a prize, BookTrust accepts no responsibility for inaccuracy of any prize description, and the third party is responsible for prize fulfilment.

14. Due to the coronavirus situation, the prize will be sent out only when the prize provider is able to safely return to their office. There may be a delay before a chosen winner receives their prize.

15. By entering you are agreeing to the terms and conditions in our privacy statement.

16. BookTrust reserves the right to amend the competition end date at any time.

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