REMEMBERING THOSE WHO FOUGHT – Compelling Stories From The Front

Seeing as it’s ANZAC day tomorrow I wanted to feature three very special and relevant  picture books on my blog today.


Written by Susie Brown and Margaret Warner and beautifully illustrated by Sebastian Ciaffaglione, Lone Pine is a moving true story of loss and courage and, remembrance for a solder lost at Gallipolli.

Lone Pine is sensitive and compelling in the way it personalises the story of a terrible battle and how it affected not just those who fought, but those who were left behind. It makes this time in Australia’s history real for the reader and brings home the true impact of war.

Lone Pine is not just about a time in history, it’s about real people and events that have shaped our history.

It’s the story of a simple event that became nationally significant. It tells of how a soldier at Gallipoli sent home a simple gift to his mother, a pine cone, and how it became a national symbol of remembrance.

Lone Pine is told without sentimentality yet you can’t help be moved by it. Simple text are combined with stunning illustrations to bring this important piece of history to life.

Lone Pine is a true story full of symbolism and meaning. It’s an important book for all Australians and for anyone interested in the history of war.


The Red Poppy is a story of humanity – it shows the human side of war – that soldiers are people, no matter who they are fighting for – and that they have families and people who care about them.

It also gives the reader a real sense of fear as soldiers go into battle.

Five minutes…

Two minutes…

One minute…

Young soldier, Jim McLeoad waits in the trenches of World War 1 for the order to attack the enemy.

It makes the reader contemplate what it feels like to know you are going to have to kill other people and possibly be killed yourself.

The Red Poppy depicts war it in its stark reality.

The Red Poppy is sensitively written by David Hill with striking illustrations by Fifi Colston.


Do Not Forget Australia is a beautifully told story of two young boys living a world apart, one in Australia and one in France. The stories are linked by the two boy’s experiences of the same war. Both have fathers away fighting, both know what is to be growing up with absent dads.

This story is based on the world’s first tank battle that took place in Villers-Bretonneux on 24th April 1918. The Germans held the village but later than night, Australian soldiers won it back. Twelve hundred Australians died in the battle and the town has not forgotten Australia, naming its main street Rue de Melbourne.

This moving story is about Henri and Billy, two boys who never meet. Great writing and beautiful illustrations draw the reader into the worlds of Henri and Billy, and bring them and their stories to life.

Do Not Forget Australia is a powerful book with positive themes and introduces young readers to a part of their country’s history in an engaging way.

It is written by Sally Murphy and illustrated by Sonia Kretschmar.

Today’s Writing Tip

Look at the themes in these three great books.

They are a reminder that if you want to be published…write what’s topical, write what people want to read and write from your heart.

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Happy Writing:)