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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 Greenwood, who has a passion for history and legends, is the author of many books for children, published both in the United States and in his native Australia. His recent book, The Drummer Boy of John John, was honoured by Kirkus Reviews (Best of 2012) and the Bank Street College of Education Children's Book Committee. The Donkey of Gallipoli, illustrated by his wife, Fran Lessac, was a CBC Honour Book and a USBBY Outstanding International Book. His work has twice received the West Australian Premier's Book Award and Jandamarra is presently shortlisted for the 2014 Children's Book Council Awards. Mark's latest books include: The Mayflower published by Holiday House and Midnight, to be published by Candlewick in early 2015.

About the illustrator

Frane Lessac is an author and illustrator of international renown having over forty children's books published throughout the world. She was born in the USA and lived on the Caribbean island of Montserrat and London before moving to Australia. Frane has contributed her distinctive paintings to many critically acclaimed children's picture books, including My Little Island, a Reading rainbow feature book. On the Same Day in March named Top Ten Science Books by ALA Booklist. Her contribution to Amnesty International's We Are All Born Free celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been translated into more than 30 languages and a USBBY Outstanding International Book. Her latest books include: The Mayflower, written by Mark Greenwood and published by Holiday House, Midnight, to be published by Candlewick in 2015 and A is for Australia, Walker Books in early 2015.

Review

" '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

Awards

2010: CJ Korean Picture Book Awards

Finalist

2009: CBCA Awards

Eve Pownall Book of the Year

2008: Western Australian Premier's Book Awards

Children’s Books - Shortlist

ISBN: 9781921150180
Imprint: WALKER BOOKS AUST
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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