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Dreaming Soldiers PB

(10 customer reviews)
01/Sep/2018
Children, World War 1
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.

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.

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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 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

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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10 reviews for Dreaming Soldiers PB

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

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

  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

  6. The book weaves tales of childhood adventures and battlefield challenges with gentle Dreaming themes. It 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 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.
    Buzz Words – Dianne Bates

  7. Illustrator, Shane McGrath, has portrayed the spirit of each page with depth, reflecting the mood of the text. His artwork is divine as he captures the strength of Jimmy and Johnno’s friendship.

  8. Author, Catherine Bauer, has penned a superb picture book based on the lives of Jimmy Watson (an Indigenous Australian) and Johnno Hogan, at an Australian Outback Cattle Station in 1914.
    I love stories like this one, breaking boundaries, breaking fear of the unknown because of skin colour, helping others to see each person, not by their colour, but by their kindness and empathy for others. We all matter.

  9. Catherine Bauer has included an important information page titled, ‘Indigenous Australians at War’ after the last page of the story. It’s an absolute must read. Dreaming Soldiers is filled with well-chosen words, but there is one sentence in the story that is most poignant. It reads like this: But this time was special too because, for the first time, Jimmy was treated just like everyone else.

  10. Dreaming Soldiers is most certainly in my top five Anzac Day and Remembrance Day books to read to children and students.

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