Australian Writer & Illustrator
Mark Greenwood, illustrated by Frane Lessac
Walker Books 2014 $29.99hb 32pp
ISBN 978 1 9219 7771 8
Themes: ANZACS/ Charge at Beersheba/ Horses in wartime/ World War 1 1914-1918
Lieutenant Guy Haydon loved his mare, Midnight from the time she was born. Together they went off to join one of the Australian Light Horse Regiments – regiments destined to take part in one of the last great cavalry charges at Beersheba in the Middle East in 1917. Short, tense text (sometimes reflecting the beating of the horses’ hooves) makes for dramatic reading aloud and the orange and brown illustrations mirror the desert sands.
This story is based on memories of the Haydon family who have bred horses, including Midnight, in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales since 1830.
A poignant (hard to read aloud for horse lovers) and useful resource to add to the growing collection of books for ANZAC Day. Remember when we really had to scratch around to find anything on the topic?
Year 2 up/ Age 6 up