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We picked this up at the commemoration of the Battle of Wavre. It's pretty awful; not just a case of the English being an imperfect translation from the French, but I suspect the French original is as poorly structured and rambling as the English version. Readers will, for instance, be startled to learn that "Wellington was an Englishman, a bit like Paddington Bear." None of those things is quite like the other. Wellington was born in Ireland, and Paddington Bear was a) from Peru and b) a bear. The book is aimed at the 6-12 age group, and they will like the illustrations but may not learn much from the text.

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chickenfeet2003
Jul. 21st, 2014 05:24 pm (UTC)
Also the Duke was not fond of marmelade sandwiches.
redfiona99
Jul. 21st, 2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
But I bet Paddington could rock the uniform.
del_c
Jul. 21st, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
But I bet he could give a very Hard Stare.
makyo
Jul. 22nd, 2014 07:51 am (UTC)
Wellington is a Womble, which isn't very much like a bear. Although I'm sure he and Paddington would have got along quite well nonetheless.
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