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The book that started it all for me – not just my interest in the subject but in books and reading as well. Following David on both his physical and emotional journey is an adventure and a revelation. After years it remains a classic for me.
It’s not just the people on the battlefront who are impacted by war as this story from my local area shows. Originally published as A Long way from Home as part of the My Story New Zealand series.
This non-fiction book easily reads as a story and intriguingly combines events in Czechoslovakia and Japan which somehow makes the whole thing much more powerful.
Masterful storyteller Jackie French weaves a wonderful tale which covers the span of Australian history but in a contemporary way.
The best kind of picture book with words and illustrations working together. Combine this with the key theme of Peace and you have a winner. Readers may also enjoy I dream of peace: images of war by children of former Yugoslavia created by UNICEF.
Put an animal into a war story and the book has me. Basing it on truth makes it even better.
For me the message from this sophisticated picture book is that despite divisions of country, ethnicity or religion, we are all just the same underneath.
The beauty of this sophisticated picture book is that it put our readers squarely into a relatable story when the war suddenly breaks out at home. What would it be like?
A Kiwi classic showing the absolute stupidity of war.
Just because war is a terrible thing, we can’t forget the bravery of the men, women and animals who went to war and fought them. This is one of the best examples of Kiwi Anzac Day fiction and is also available in Te Reo Māori.
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