Sunday, 16 March 2014

Picture Books

NZ Writer and Illustrator
Peter Millett, illustrated by Trish Bowles

The ANZAC puppy
Scholastic 2014  $19.99pb          32pp
ISBN 978 1 7754 3097 1
Animals in wartime/ Friendship/ Futility of war/ Loyalty/ Love stories/ Western Front/ World War One
Based on a true happening Peter Millett and Trish Bowles provide the perfect pairing of text and image to tell the story of Freda, a Harlequin Great Dane puppy who went to war. Freda’s original owner, a young girl called Lucy, could not afford to feed her and had put her up for adoption. Sam, a handsome and very young soldier, on his way to the trenches and horrors of World War One, took her in his rucksack to the War Zone. Years went by. Sam became a man, sick of the noise and mud and the death in the trenches. Freda became a loyal and helpful dog and, back in New Zealand, Lucy was becoming a young woman …
Two pages at the end of the book provide the real story of Freda who spent the war as a camp dog for the New Zealand Rifle Brigade based near Birmingham. 
A really good read-aloud for the days leading up to April 25th  – And just in case you hadn’t caught up with it  - this year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.
 Year 2 up/ Age 6 up

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