Thursday, April 19, 2012

Another special NZ children's book for ANZAC Day

Le Quesnoy (pronounced Leck con wah) is a town in northern France. It is surrounded by high walls and deep trenches. In World War I it was occupied by the German army for four long years.
In November 1918 the town was liberated by soldiers from far-away New Zealand. Because these men used a bit of kiwi ingenuity they were able to take the town back without a single civilian life being lost. This has become one of the most famous stories in New Zealand military history and the relationship between Le Quesnoy and New Zealand continues to this day.
This book tells the story of Le Quesnoy's liberation through the eyes of a child living in the town at the time. Stunning watercolour illustrations and simple language make this an ANZAC picture book that young readers will be able to imaginatively engage with. 
The back inside pages include a map of the old fortified town and a brief history of the liberation of Le Quesnoy on 4 November 1918
Written by Glyn Harper, illustrated by Jenny Hooper. Puffin Books - $19.99

1 comment:

Bruce McKenzie Booksellers said...

The launch of this book is being held tonight with author and illustrator present. Bruce McKenzie Booksellers of Palmerston North are combining with the Palmerston North Central Library in a fabulous event starting at 6pm. Children, old soldiers and people from the French community will be attending.