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What role does morality have in children's books?


  • How has Michael's background and family life influenced his outlook on war and its impact on people?
  • Does Michael think writers have a responsibility to readers to model appropriate decision making when challenged with certain situations in life?
  • Could Michael remove the idea of morality from his writing? What impact do you think this would have?

What role does morality have in children's books?

Michael Morporgo is recognised as having a very strong set of moral values that underpin and influence all his writing.

He is clear on what elements of his own life experience have influenced his writing.

The video clips help to explain his views on war and whether or not he feels responsible to the reader to help them find and develop their own morality.

What role does morality have in storytelling?

Michael Morpurgo

Why do you use war as a context to so many of your books?

Michael Morpurgo

Why do you write about war in so many of your books?

Michael Morpurgo