The Silver Sword Ian Serraillier: The Silver Sword Ian Serraillier
by Third and Fourth Class
Scoil Ábán Naofa
(read on tape by Sean Barrett) Slide4: During World War 2 Slide5: The Balicki Family
Joseph (Father, Headmaster)
Ruth (Daughter, almost 13)
Edek (Son, 11 years)
Bronia (Daughter, 3 years) Chapter 1. The Escape. : Chapter 1. The Escape. The Balicki family are spilt up during the invasion of Warsaw in World War 2.
Joseph escapes from a Nazi prison camp in southern Poland. Chapter 2. Journey through the air. : Chapter 2. Journey through the air. Joseph escapes across the valley in a cable car. Chapter 3. The Hiding Place : Chapter 3. The Hiding Place Joseph meets and is cared for by an elderly Polish couple.
The Nazis came searching but Joseph hid up a chimney to avoid being shot or captured. Chapter 4. The Silver Sword.: Chapter 4. The Silver Sword. Joseph returns to Warsaw to find it destroyed.
He meets Mrs Krause.
Joseph finds the silver sword and gives it to a young boy.
New characters Mrs. Krause. Chapter 5 The Goods Train.: Chapter 5 The Goods Train. Joseph meets the boy again.
The boy whose name is Jan introduces himself to Joseph.
Joseph gives the silver sword to Jan.
With Jan’s help Joseph gets on to a goods train.
New character Jan
Chapter 6.The Night of the Storm Troopers.: Chapter 6.The Night of the Storm Troopers. Margrit is taken away by the Nazis.
Edek shoots at them and the tyre of their van.
The Nazis return to blow up the house.
The children escape by running along the rooftops. Chapter 7. Winter and Summer Homes: Chapter 7. Winter and Summer Homes Ruth, Bronia and Edek make a summer home in the woods and a winter home in a bombed cellar in Warsaw.
Edek goes missing. Chapter 8. The Newcomer: Chapter 8. The Newcomer The Nazis are under attack from all sides by the Allies (England, America and the Russians).
Bronia finds a sick boy lying on the street. They care for him.
A girl finds a wooden box that belongs to the boy.
He told them his name . It was Jan. Other People in Chapter 8: Other People in Chapter 8 Marshal Rokossovsky (Russian Army)
General Bor (Polish Army)
P.M. Churchill (England)
Yankel (a boy in the street)
Eva (one of the school children) Chapter 9. The Russian Sentry: Chapter 9. The Russian Sentry Ruth visits the Russian control post.
She meets Ivan at his sentry post.
She passes him and requests school supplies from the lieutenant.
She makes friends with Ivan who visits them. Chapter 10. More help from Ivan: Chapter 10. More help from Ivan Ivan provides boots for the children on their long journey to Switzerland
War does strange things to young people Chapter 11. The Road to Posen. : Chapter 11. The Road to Posen. The children travel to Posen on the way to Switzerland.
They are hoping
1. To find Edek,
2. To get some food,
3. To get a lift.
Edek who has T.B. has ran away from Warthe Camp. Chapter 12. The Hand : Chapter 12. The Hand The children get food.
They are reunited with Edek.
Jimpy the cock dies in a stampede.
Chapter 13.Frozen Journey : Chapter 13.Frozen Journey
The children travel by train towards Berlin.
Edek tells everybody about his adventure.
Some did not believe him. Chapter 14. City of the Lost : Chapter 14. City of the Lost They reach Berlin at the end of May.
They go to a camp where they are cared for.
Jan runs away to go find an escaped chimpanzee.
Chapter 15. Jan finds a new pal.: Chapter 15. Jan finds a new pal. Officer Mark writes a letter to his wife Jane and daughter Jenny.
He tells her about
the state of Berlin.
Jan and the Balicki children.
The escaped chimpanzee and it’s antics.
Chapter 16 Through the Russian Zone: Chapter 16 Through the Russian Zone
As they pass through the Russian Zone
Edek tells them many tales of his adventures Chapter 17 The Signal: Chapter 17 The Signal The children rest to take care of Edek.
Ruth and Jan get jobs.
Edek is arrested at the train signal while following Jan who was stealing food from the trains. Chapter 18 Captain Greenwood: Chapter 18 Captain Greenwood Ruth defends Edek in court.
She tells the judge, Captain Greenwood that Jan was guilty of the crime.
Jan prompted and scolded by Ruth tells the judge about stopping trains and stealing food.
Jan is sentenced to detention for a week.
Chapter 19. The Bavarian Farmer: Chapter 19. The Bavarian Farmer The children rest in a barn.
While searching Kurt is struck by turnips thrown by Jan.
The children eat breakfast and tells of their journey.
Kurt tells them of the Burgomasters work to send all refugees Kurt puts them all except Edek working on the farm back to their own countries Chapter 20. The Burgomaster: Chapter 20. The Burgomaster The Burgomaster crashes while coming to visit Kurt.
Edek, who pretends to be German helps to replace the burst tyre.
Bronia interrupts and speaks in Polish. Chapter 21. Orders: Chapter 21. Orders The Burgomaster returns to tell Kurt that the children are to be collected and sent back to Poland.
Kurt appeals on behalf of the children and shows him the Silver Sword.
The Burgomaster is not impressed. Chapter 22. The Farmer hits on a plan.: Chapter 22. The Farmer hits on a plan. Using two canoes repaired by Kurt the children escape.
Jan hides Ludwig (the family pet dog) in his canoe.
They plan to go as far as the Danube. Chapter 23. Dangerous Waters: Chapter 23. Dangerous Waters The children travel in two canoes along the Falkenberg River.
They meet dangerous rapids, boulders and rocks.
A soldier shoots at and attempts to grab Ruth and Bronia’s canoe.
The canoes are separated but the children are reunited. Chapter 24. Missing: Chapter 24. Missing The Silver Sword goes missing.
Edek is seriously ill.
Jan and Ludwig go missing during the night.
A lorry driven by Joe Wolski stops and offers help. Chapter 25. Joe Wolski: Chapter 25. Joe Wolski Joe Wolski, an American G.I. of Polish parentage transports the children to the Red Cross camp on the shore of Lake Constance.
He talks happily to the children and tells them about the hyena and the bear in the back of the truck.
They turns out to be Jan and Ludwig. Chapter 26. News at last: Chapter 26. News at last The superintendent tells Ruth that he has received messages from their father and from Kurt Wolff.
Father is in Appanzell (on the Swiss side of the lake).
He promised to phone Ruth.
Kurt forwards the Silver Sword. Chapter 27. The Storm: Chapter 27. The Storm The children are caught up in a storm.
Edek is seperated from the family.
They find a boat and climb aboard.
Ludwig runs away.
Jan makes a big decision - the family or Ludwig. Chapter 28. The Meeting : Chapter 28. The Meeting Ruth wakes up in the cabin of a boat.
She is concerned about the children but meet them later.
No one understand her except one person who is her father.
She is reunited with her father and mother.
Jan tells about all the treasures that he has lost but still has the Silver Sword.
Jan asks to be adopted by Margrit. Chapter 29. The New Beginning: Chapter 29. The New Beginning An account of the families new life 1946-7.
Margrit and Joseph are in charge of the Polish House in the International Children's Village.
Bronia drew many pictures of war.
Edek suffered from TB but studies to become an engineer.
Jan mends his ways and is often called to care for sick animals.
Ruth eventually becomes a teacher and marries a French man.
She is in charge of the French house.
Our comments on the story 1: Our comments on the story 1 I thought the book was the best book I ever read.Lisa.
I liked this book because it was happy at the end and the family got back together. Labhaoise.
The best part of the story was all the adventures that the children had through Germany to Switzerland.Paul
It is a very good book.The best part of story is when all of the family get back together. It is the best book I every read. Eoin
I liked Jan because he steal things. Ronan.
My favourite part of the story was at the end when all the family meet again. I’d definitely suggest it for other people to read. Muireann
Our comments on the story 2: Our comments on the story 2 My favourite chapter is the storm it is really exciting. Kevin.
I thought this book was very inspiring to read. Síle.
It was very long but good. I think I would read it again. Eadaoin
I thought the Silver Sword was a very interesting story. It tells people about children's lives in the war and how hard it was. Peggy.
I liked this story because it told us about war. Denis.
I thought this book was very exciting because war was involved in the book. Sarah Our comments on the story 3: Our comments on the story 3 I thought Joe Wolski and Ivan were really cool and the book was brilliant. Eimear
I like Jan because he’s always up to mischief Andrea.
I thought the Silver Sword was an excellent book and definitely worth reading. Sharon
I thought the book was good but it was really long for a story.
I thought it was the best book I ever read. Emma.
I like the Silver Sword because it is for children Cian . Our comments on the story 4: Our comments on the story 4 I like the Silver Sword and I would like to read the book again. Gearoid
It was sad at the start but better in the end.I thought it was great. Kevin.
I liked the book but I think it is more suitable for adults than for children. Darren Teacher’s comments: Teacher’s comments Class novel suitable for 5th or 6th.
Adapted for use with 3rd and 4th using audio tapes from local library.
Geography Maps, European countries, climate, Alps etc.
History W.W.2, Holocaust,
Social issues Effects of war on children, World aid organisations, Red Cross U.N. etc..
Art responding to story.
English discussion and debate on issues raised, dictionary and Google and Encarta searches.
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