Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

Meet ... the ANZACS

Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

Meet ... the ANZACS

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Title: Meet... the ANZACS

Author: Claire Saxby

Illustrator: Max Berry

Publisher: Random House Australia, 2014


In the Meet... picture book series, the Anzacs exudes a calm, pastel and informative prelude to the renowned horror of Gallipoli for Australian soldiers. It is a captivating and thought-provoking picture book that shares honestly information around the lives of Australians who were recruited, transported and trained as ANZACs--an acronym synonymous with bravery and mateship.

Meet ... the ANZACS sequentially describes the events leading up to Australia's involvement in World War 1. Imagine the excitement of volunteering to fight for your nation overseas, the pride of selection, the harshness of training, enjoyment of rewards followed by a celebratory departure overseas; but then, the rigid routine, boredom, frustration, anticipation and fear--these are the emotions of war.

This quality picture book confronts the stark reality of war as it evolved, for Australia, from 1914 when England declared war on Germany. The initial part of this book is set in Australia and describes the changing scenes of cities and country preparing for war with excitement and hope. The story then travels overseas, crossing the equator into famous places with a proudly Australian attitude. Soldiers appear as vulnerable players in the game of World War 1.

This sequenced story has an honest flow of description of every day events. The oil paint illustrations are scenic and informative, captivating the reader in each phase of the soldiers' journey. …

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