Anzac Sons Five Brothers On The Western Front by Allison Marlow Patterson
Published by Big Sky Publishing
Heartbreaking but essential.
The anchoring of the Anzac legend with the real life Marlow family tragedy brings heart and meaning to the cold hard facts and statistics. 330 000 Australian men and boys marched off to war on the Western Front between 1914-1918 over 60 000 would never return. This unbelievable statistic does not adequately portray the sacrifice of the small town of Mologa, which lost 10 of the 22 men who enlisted, let alone the anguish suffered by the Marlow family whose five sons went away to fight on foreign soil. Only two sons would ever return home to Australia.
As we prepare to celebrate Anzac Day next month, this beautifully presented picture book is a must have for any classroom and many homes as well. The story is told on torn white strips of letter writing paper and supplemented by buff coloured notebook pages listing reasons for and facts about each battle on the Front. This is truly brought to life by the enclosed copies of letters and photographs of the five brothers' experiences with training, fighting, life in the trenches and the heartbreak of both burying their brothers and having to relay the news to their family back home or elsewhere in Europe. This nonfiction picture book is a simply told history of Australian involvement in the First World War yet it is not dry and is full of heart.
Highly recommended for the 8-10 year age group and beyond.
Allison Marlow Patterson, granddaughter of one of the surviving brothers, has written and designed a book which is a fitting tribute and reminder of why we must never forget the sacrifices made by ordinary young Australian men and women and their families to secure the freedom we enjoy today.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Allison Marlow Patterson
Title: Anzac Sons Five Brothers On The Western Front
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
Published: April 2014