Moving and deep in such a gentle manner. A fabulous book that presents males as feeling, sensitive and tender. Truly beautiful story about gruff old countryman Mr Tom who takes in the bruised and battered boy, Londoner, Willie during WWII and patiently provides him with care, love and a home. Has very little to do with the war, much to do with a father-son style relationship. Alan e of funny and poignant moments. Every child should read this book.