This is a beautiful book. The layout and presentation is really good quality and the illustrations are beautiful and really bring the text alive.
In the story the boy’s questions prompts the war veteran to relive Anzac Day. The boy thinks that war is exciting, but the veteran is just filled with sadness. I really think this book puts across the sadness and complicated feelings that war veterans must experience, especially around Anzac Day, and this links really well with the child’s lack of understanding of war.
This book will certainly prompt many deep and detailed discussions about Anzac Day, war veterans and how they will feel sadness and guilt at coming home. The language makes it most suitable for older primary students and there will be great discussion unpacking such rich vocabulary.
Title: Anzac Day Parade
Author: Glenda Kane
Illustrator: Lisa Aleen
Publisher: Bateman Books
Publication: first edition 2010 / This edition 2022
Ages: Junior fiction 8+
Reviewer: Angela Thompson, Library Lead Teacher, Remarkables Primary School, Queenstown
How are you recommending this book? Highly recommended
Opening sentence: There he stood on the sun-parched hill, a straggler from 18th Battalion.
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