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Simpson And His Donkey

By Mark Greenwood
Illustrated by Frane Lessac

The heroic story of one man and a donkey.

A poignant account of the story of John Simpson Kirkpatrick and how he and his donkey, Duffy, rescued over 300 men during the campaign at Gallipoli. Backed by detailed research, the text includes a brief biography of the man, details of his work at Gallipoli and also the little known story of how, without realising, he rescued his childhood friend.

  • Superbly researched book gives new life to one of Australia's iconic stories.
  • Excellent teaching resource for schools.

About the author

Mark is a musician and award-winning children s author. His books aim to foster a greater appreciation and understanding of Australian myths and legends. Mark enjoys working with students of all ages, inspiring and developing their natural curiosity about books and writing. He has twice won the Western Australian Premier s Award for children s books and Simpson and His Donkey was Honour Book in 2009 at the Children s Book Council of Australia Awards. He is married to Fran Lessac and they live with their two children in Western Australia. For more information about Mark s work, please visit his website:

About the illustrator

Fran is originally from New Jersey and is an artist of international renown having exhibited in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, and the Caribbean. Residing in Western Australia, Lessac now has over 30 children's books published throughout the world. Her work has won Australian and international awards and has been translated into numerous languages. In 2010 she was awarded the Muriel Barwell Award for Distinguished Service to Children's literature. For more information about her work, please visit her website:


" 'Simpson and his Donkey" is perhaps the finest piece of Australian literature published into April 2008. Conveyed in language, tone and colour appropriate for all readers, the volume will prove fundamental in the re-telling of Australian war history. In legend and legacy, "Simpson and his Donkey" shines with spirit for all people who have journeyed through war." Bendigo Weekly


2010: CJ Korean Picture Book Awards


2009: CBCA Awards

Eve Pownall Book of the Year

2008: Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards

Children’s Books - Shortlist

ISBN: 9781921150180
Distributor: Harper Collins Distribution Services for Australia and New Zealand
Binding: NS-HB
Release Date: March 1, 2008
Dimensions: 250 x 290mm, 40pp
Stock Status: STOCK
Australian RRP: $29.95
New Zealand RRP: $31.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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