The Best Christmas Present in the World, by Michael Morpurgo

  • What is ‘the best Christmas present in the world’ that gives the book its title?  There may be more than one answer to this question.
  • The story revolves around a letter found in a roll top desk. Who wrote the letter, who was it for and when was it written?
  • Why do you think that the soldiers on both sides stopped the fighting and came out of their trenches to celebrate Christmas together?
  • What things does Jim talk about in his letter that show how similar the men from the two different armies were to each other?
  • Write your own story about finding a letter from long ago and what happens as a result of finding the letter.
  • Why do you think the person telling the story goes off in search of Connie Macpherson?