Saturday, 23 March 2013

Non-Fiction Anzac Day – The New Zealand Story

NZ Writer 
Photos from various sources
Philippa Werry
Anzac Day – The New Zealand Story
New Holland Publishers 2013        $24.99pb   64 pages
ISBN 978 1 8696 6380 3

Themes:  ANZAC Day/ Gallipoli Campaign
In plenty of time for ANZAC Day 2013 the author has produced a carefully structured account of nearly all the details about ANZAC Day young readers (and their teachers) will want.  Interspersed with the ‘fact boxes’ are many examples of poems from well-known writers of the time – Rudyard Kipling, Laurence Binyon and Thomas Bracken. Unlike so many books of this sort which are illustrated with sometimes rather dreary black and white photos, this is bright with well sourced colour images which must have taken many months of research to find. A full index is included and I was touched by two of the entries that just say Bess (horse) p 32 and Freda (dog) p 42.
I can see this becoming a much-thumbed resource and fortunately it is well bound. A book to either read right through at a sitting or, to enjoy dipping into its many enticing headings. Whichever way, it will be used.   
Year 5 up/ Age 9 up (and adults will find this a wonderful read as well)

Photo of the author thanks to Philippa Werry 


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