Monday, April 19, 2010

19th April

There isn't any birthday to highlight today. Instead I thought I would alert you to two books suitable for sharing with a very young audience for Anzac Day which is coming up next Sunday, 25th April. While there are non-fiction books giving factual information, such as Jill Bruce's Anzac Day, imparting it as 'dry information' to young children is always hard. It is always easier to make it significant by relating it to their experiences and these two books view Anzac Day from a young child's perspective, something that they may also have experienced and be happy to talk about. My Grandad Marches on Anzac Day by Catriona Hoy and Benjamin Johnson, is Australian and relates a young girl's account of how and why her grandfather takes part in the Anzac Day march. Grandad's Medals is by New Zealanders Tracy Duncan and Bruce Potter. Its narrator is a young boy and while it is a longer story that includes more than just the Anzac march it also does look at the march and how it affects the grandfather and the family. I am not particularly fond of the illustrations in either book. Compared to other illustrators I have written about , these two are not in the league. However the books are not great literary tomes either. They are perfectly serviceable picture books written for a purpose and they do that well!

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