In a year when we commemorate the 100th year since World War 1, Viking has released a touching picture book titled, The soldier's gift. Written by Tony Palmer and illustrated by Jane Tanner, this publication is an incredibly moving narrative of one family's story during the horrors of Gallipoli.
Tony Palmer has long been interested in Australian history and it shows in the extensive research and resultant realism in his story.
Jane Tanner is a much loved Australian illustrator whose work is evocative and poignant. Together they have produced a collectable item in this centenary year.
Written from the perspective of a child, the harsh reality of family and war come alive in the pages of this book. End papers provide non-fiction background and photos to the book's setting. The story of the pine seeds brought home by diggers brings a real sense of reality to this publication.
Highly recommended for 6+ years. Whilst presented as a picture book, the word count is quite high. Older readers would find the end papers quite interesting.
Viking publishing (Penguin Group)