ANZAC Heroes by Maria Gill @mariagillnz illus. by Marco Ivancic @scholasticnz absolutely stunning non-fiction book

Posted: April 10, 2016 in Intermediate, Primary School, Secondary
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ANZAC Heroes

By Maria Gill

Illustrated by Marco Ivancic

ISBN 9781775433637

Scholastic NZ



30 courageous ANZACS from WWI and WWII

This is one of those very special books that will capture a wide audience. Teachers, librarians, students, parents and grandparents will love this book. It is a beautifully produced, hardback non-fiction book of biographies of some of our ANZAC heroes.

This superb book features the lives of 30 Australian and New Zealand  ANZAC Heroes from both World War One and World War Two. This is a very well researched project and is quite simply, stunning. I believe this is a winner and should be in every school library. This is one of those books you want to pick up again and again. It is about saving lives, imprisonment, courage and bravery. It is about ordinary people doing extraordinary things to serve our country. Their stories are real and heroic.

I loved reading about Olive King. I confess I had never heard of her before but after reading her biography, I now admire her so much. Having been told war was no place for women, Olive proved otherwise and volunteered to drive ambulances. Olive also took up courses in first-aid and motor repairs. Later she transported wounded soldiers. She went on to do so many extraordinary things.

Try reading about Captain Charles Upham, one of only three soldiers to ever win two Victoria Crosses. An amazing achievement.

As a non-fiction book this is a perfect example for others to follow. It has it all. Contents page, introduction, glossary, maps, timelines, bibliography, list of websites, photographs, illustrations, and of course detailed biographies. The language and text is suited to readers of all ages. I loved the double page spread of the timelines of each war. Brief but very informative and so easy to follow.

There are some great teaching notes to support this book and I do encourage teachers to use them to make the most of this wonderful resource.

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