NZ Booklovers ~ Anzac Day Parade is a celebration of the sacrifice that the soldiers at the battle of Crete gave and the memory of their valour. A young boy asks his grandad a question about the war, and it leads to a reflection of the senselessness of war, and the sadness that accompanies it. While it is presented as a children’s book, complete with beautiful illustrations and straightforward language, the tone of the book is quite serious and tackles some quite emotional moments:
There he stood on the sun-parched hill,
a straggler from 18th Battalion.
A chest load of medals, a leg full of shrapnel;
that’s what he got for his valiance.
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