Anzac Animals has brought to life the astonishing and heart-warming TRUE TALES of 20 UNFORGETTABLE ANIMAL FRIENDS that helped ANZACs serving in World War One and Two.
What do kangaroos jumping around Egyptian camps, monkeys swinging from masts, dogs ducking for cover, and camels chewing their cud amidst the sound of gunfire have in common? THEY WENT TO WAR.
Read the fascinating true tales of the mascots and working animals that helped Anzac soldiers, sailors, pilots and medics do their jobs in wartime.
You’ll meet some well-known animals, such as Murphy the donkey, who carried the wounded in Gallipoli, and Caesar the Red Cross Dog. But also included are the hard-working horses, camels and mules, and the dogs that barked a warning when enemy planes were approaching, as well as the mischievous monkeys that had the men laughing.
Anzac Animals has been extensively researched by author Maria Gill and beautifully illustrated by Marco Ivancic – the winning team (including the wonderful team at Scholastic and Luke Kelly the designer) of the 2016 Margaret Mahy Book of the Year, Anzac Heroes.
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ANZAC Animals is a heartwarming book that warrants a place in every Australian and New Zealand home. You can see that is has been extensively researched and there is a huge amount of historical information within the book that is a great research learning tool for our children (and adults!) I thought this was also a gentle introduction for younger readers learning about World Wars 1 and 2. My daughters thoroughly enjoyed looking at this with me and said afterwards that they hadn’t realised that animals had played such an important part in these battles. I highly recommend it. Read more … (Kiwi Reviews)
Gill and Ivančić are the same award-winning team that brought us Anzac Heroes (2016), New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame (2014), and Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands (2017). They are a great team; their combination of text, facts and artwork makes for a beautifully presented and extremely educational book. Read more … (Tiffany, Booksellers)