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 'I'll write lots of letters,' Bluey promised his mother
 'Hop on, mate, let's get you patched up.'
 Sometimes they got letters and presents from home.
 Anzac Cove        Gallipoli   Reviewed by Dimity Powell for Boomerang Books on April 14th 2014  'Picture books about the ANZACs of WW1 abound. Many succeed thanks to the legendary intensity of the subject matter, the sensitive translation of emotions through illustrations and the poetic rendering of a brutal period of modern day history. Gallipoli by Kerry Greenwood and Annie White delivers all these and more.  It is simply the story of Gallipoli. It is Dusty and Bluey's story told through the eyes of Bluey's great grandson. But before you say, not another ANZAC tale, look again; at the sepia-coloured end pages depicting wartime and post war snap shots of our two mates. Be swept along on their adventures, across vast oceans and scorching deserts and No Man's Land. Feel the hunger, the terror and the relief shared by these two young men whose unbreakable friendship withstands time and war.  Greenwood leaves no stone unturned in the retelling of this infamously failed military campaign, however 7 year olds and above could easily master and enjoy this account themselves because it reads as fluently as fiction.There are few dates to stumble over and enough storyline to accommodate a myriad of historical revelations including; the futile charges, trench survival, Simpson and his donkey(s), and the Roses of No Man's Land.  White never belittles the enormity of Bluey and Dusty's situation. Her illustrations show mortar attacks and bleeding wounds in full colour yet are neither cheerless nor grim. Subdued sepia photographs are 'stuck' on every page like an old well-loved album guiding the reader from the past to present day remembrance.  Stirring, significant and worth sharing, especially with school-aged children.'   
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