Digger

by DUMBLETON, Mike

ISBN: 9781760296735
Australian: Yes
Published: 2018 by Allen & Unwin
Level: Early Years (R-2)

Historical , Picture book

The story of Annie whose older brother James is sent to war. She gives him her stuffed kangaroo and names him Digger. James and Digger are both injured on the battlefields. Shortly after being nursed for his injuries James returns to the battlefields. His friend returns with Digger to the young French girl for washing and repair. Digger is sent home to Annie with the promise from Colette that she will always visit James with flowers. There is room for sensitive conversation with the young reader if appropriate. The book with soft water colour illustrations is a reminder of the French children who tended the graves of Australian soldiers and the connection between Australia and the French town of Villers-Bretonneux. It has been published to coincide with the centenary anniversary of the WW1 Battle of Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918.

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