My Grandad Marches on Anzac Day
Picture book | 32 pp | Years 2–4
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Every year at bedtime on 24 April thousands of families set their alarm clocks for a very early start the next morning. For some, it is the only day of the year that they see the dawn, as they rug up in hats, coats, gloves and scarves and head for the local war memorial to participate in the Dawn Service commemorating the events of 25 April 1915.
My Grandad Marches on Anzac Day tells the story of one family's involvement in this day, but at the same time it is a story that is true for many families.
This book can be used to help younger students begin to understand the significance of Anzac Day, as well as expanding the knowledge of those who know a little about it already.
Author & illustrator profiles
Catriona Hoy spends part of her life teaching science to secondary students and the other part writing stories for children. My Grandad Marches on Anzac Day was written about her children's grandfather who fought with the British army in World War II. You can read more about Catriona (and her latest book) on her website at http://www.catrionahoy.com.au.
My Grandad Marches on Anzac Day is the first picture book that Benjamin Johnson has illustrated. He was born in Melbourne in 1975, and as a child he dreamed of being a famous artist. When he graduated from Northern Metropolitan Institute of TAFE in Melbourne, he won an award for excellence for his work. You can see more of his work at http://www.hottrashstudios.com/id6.html.
Before reading the book
My Grandad Marches on Anzac Day is a special story for this little girl but it could also be your story. Think about these questions before you read so you can focus your thoughts.
During and after reading the book