WINNER of the 2019 Australian Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards – Indigenous Children Category
Included on the 2020 Queensland Premier’s Reading Challenge list
Included on the Victoria and South Australia Premier’s Reading Challenge List
A powerful and moving story about true mateship.
Jimmy and Johnno are best mates. The two young friends do everything together, sharing adventures and growing up side by side in the dust cattle yards on an Australian Outback Station. When World War 1 strikes, the head overseas to fight on the battlefields of the western Front. Two boys from different cultures. A friendship for life.
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 dusty WWI battlefields of the Western Front. The simple story-telling combines with stunning images to honour the service of Australian veterans and highlight the important contribution of Indigenous soldiers.
“A powerful (and overdue) look at the war. Shane McGrath’s work is stunning, a perfect foil for Catherine Bauer’s compelling story.” – A. Paterson
“The simple story-telling combines with stunning images to honour the service and contribution of Australian veterans, and Aboriginal soldiers.” – Buzz Words