Author(s): Philippa Werry
This book exposes the rich history behind Anzac Day, seeking to answer the many questions children often ask their parents and teachers around the 25th of April every year. It covers all aspects of Anzac Day, from the Gallipoli Campaign and the Great War, right through to the format of the commemorative services held annually throughout the country. The author identifies important memorials around New Zealand, examines the national anthem, the tradition of Anzac biscuits and the Last Post, Reveille music, plus much more. She also offers websites and projects for further study. The thoroughly researched information is presented alongside numerous images, both historic and contemporary, giving children a very clear view of the significance and background to Anzac Day
This is a non-fiction book that describes the meaning of ANZAC day, making it easy to understand. Philippa Werry focuses on Gallipoli, our role in the war, and how we remember the righteous soldiers who risked their lives. I was amazed to find out we lost the most soldiers for the size of our population of any other country in WW1, and that many boys faked their age and died very young. I enjoyed the informative information, illustrations and photos. Every page is filled with colour. I liked all the adventurous stories about soldiers who passed away. - Sophie (11)
Finalist: New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2014
Finalist: LIANZA Elsie Locke Non Fiction Award 2014
Winner of a 2014 Storylines Notable Book Award
Philippa Werry is a librarian and children's writer whose non-fiction, poetry, stories and plays have been widely published. Her work has appeared in the School Journal and other educational publications, and some stories have been broadcast on National Radio. 'The Great Chocolate Cake Bake-off' was included in the Storylines Notable Books List 2008, and 'Enemy at the Gate' has been shortlisted in the Junior Fiction section for the NZ Post Book Awards 2009.