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Dreaming Soldiers PB

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)
01/Sep/2018
Children, WWII,
32
Paperback
230mm x 260mm
9781925675528
$14.99

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Shortlisted for the 2019 Australian Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards

Included on the 2019 South Australian Premier’s Reading Challenge list.

A powerful and moving story about true mateship.

“The simple story-telling combines with stunning images to honour the service and contribution of Australian veterans, and Aboriginal soldiers.” 

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“Dreaming Soldiers” weaves tales of childhood adventures and battlefield challenges with gentle Dreaming themes.
This is a touching friendship story about Jimmy and Johnno, two young Australian boys in the 1900s; mates who do everything together, sharing adventures and growing up side by side in the dusty cattle yards of an Outback South Australian station and later on the muddy WWI battlefields of the Western Front.

“A powerful (and overdue) look at the war. Shane McGrath’s work is stunning, a perfect foil for Catherine Bauer’s compelling story.” 

Catherine Bauer

Catherine Bauer

Catherine Bauer is a journalist and writer from South Australia. She has worked as a news and political journalist and features writer for various newspapers and publications and is now working as a state government media adviser. She has started her love of writing as an eight-year-old, writing and illustrating her own book. She has […]

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Illustrator Shane McGrath

Illustrator Shane McGrath

Shane McGrath was born in Melbourne and has a brother and two sisters. His dad says he was named after a Hollywood cowboy. His mum says he was always talented (all mums say that) and one of the first artworks Shane made was when he bit his toast into the shape of a horse. He […]

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5 reviews for Dreaming Soldiers PB

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Congratulations, a powerful (and overdue) look at the war. Shane McGrath’s work is stunning, I could gaze for hours at his animals and their movement.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    A powerful and moving story about true mateship … Dreaming Soldiers poignantly weaves tales of childhood adventures and battlefield challenges with gentle Dreaming themes. This is a touching friendship story about Jimmy and Johnno, two young Australian boys in the 1900s; mates who do everything together, sharing adventures and growing up side by side in the dusty cattle yards of an Outback South Australian station and later the dusty WWI battlefields of the Middle East.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    A simple story-telling combines with stunning images to honour the service and contribution of Australian veterans, and Aboriginal soldiers.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Highly recommended. Themes: World War 1, ANZAC Day, Indigenous soldiers, War Veterans, Dreaming, Friendship, Australian History, Outback South Australia.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is an excellent story to share with students about the meaning of ANZAC Day and the theme of mateship. The illustrations support the text beautifully. This simply written story sensitively provides an historical perspective of the racism and discrimination endured by Indigenous people and returning soldiers. It would be a wonderful starting point for a discussion with older primary-aged students looking at Indigenous History in Australia.
    Indigenous soldiers returning home from the horrors of World War I were plunged headlong into another long-running battle

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