04 May 2009

Gallipoli. Reckless Valour

by Nicolas Brasch

black dog books. Junior, Young Adult, History, Children’s Non-Fiction, Australia. Paperback rrp $16.99

Just in time for Anzac Day, Nicolas Brasch has brought out a well researched and interesting book about Gallipoli aimed at primary school aged children but sure to catch the attention and interest of adults too.

What happened at Gallipoli is well known amongst the majority of Australians but I found out some new interesting facts from Brasch’s book. I won’t say too much because I don’t want to appear uninformed but I never knew that the Gallipoli campaign was the first military battle fought by Australians and New Zealanders in their own uniforms.

Gallipoli the book, is set out as an easy read with plenty of pictures and diagrams. There are only 32 pages in this A4 glossy coloured book but each page is informative, packed with amazing tales of daring and courage.

Gallipoli is a must have for every school in Australia’s library or classroom and all children should be encouraged to read it. The story is a celebration of bravery and courage. Even after Anzac Day has passed it is a part of our history that needs to be remembered and an important milestone in our search for national identity. “Lest We Forget.”

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