This poignant picture book is about remembering those who serve in war.
Left! Left! Left! Right! Left!
We make our way in the dark.
A family journeys through the early morning darkness …
A group of young men huddle in a cold muddy trench ...
Reflection is a powerful tribute to those who have served their country.
Rebecka Sharpe Shelberg is an author from western Sydney. Reflection is her first picture book.
Robin Cowcher is a freelance illustrator and currently lives in Melbourne, Australia. She studied at RMIT and worked for many years at The Age as an art director, illustrator and designer. Little Dog and the Christmas Wish (written by Corinne Fenton) was her first title with Walker Books Australia and was published in 2014.
The story-telling is mesmerising, and the illustrations constantly reveal new details hidden in the images.
This is a book that will stop you in your tracks.
Oh Creative Day
The gentle thoughtfulness of this book brought tears to my eyes. A very special book to be treasured by those with family who have served in our military or peacekeeping forces, or those who appreciate and respect the sacrifice of our servicemen and women.
Kids' Book Review
Rebecka Sharpe Shelberg has chosen her words carefully for young readers. Robin Cowcher, the illustrator has done a superb job with the illustrations – pen drawings with a watercolour wash. They are simple but compliment the story beautifully.
Author and illustrator have created a series of evocative words and images which blend and merge seamlessly in double page spreads, linking and connecting the elements of the Anzac Day ceremonies with the experience of soldiers in active service.
Reflection: Remembering Those Who Serve In War, is aimed at readers aged five and above. But I believe that the power in the words and illustrations will also resonate the sounds of the Last Post in the hearts of adults. This book is a solemn reminder of the devastating physical and emotional loss of war. Indeed, Reflection is a powerful tribute to those who have served their country.
Creative Kids Tales
I love this book: the juxtapositioning, the simplicity of the telling and the exquisite pen, ink and watercolour illustrations on sepia coloured matt paper.
Otago Daily Times
Reflection: Remembering Those Who Serve In War is not only a perfect picture book, it’s an educational tool that will be around for a long time to come. It is the perfect book to add to a child’s growing library, and a fantastic resource for teachers and parents alike to explain who the ANZACs are and what wars Australia has been involved in.
The Never Ending Bookshelf
‘Reflection’ is a succinctly worded, beautifully illustrated collection of memories and remembrances.
Reflection: Remembering those who serve in war explains to young people why we stop to remember. It is elegantly published by Walker Books Australia
This is a thought-provoking book
Janet Croft Reviews
This is an exceptional book in every way.
This book adds to the range of books available to remind students about war and its cost, of the many wars Australia has been involved in and the way we remember. And the beautiful water colour wash illustrations reflect this theme to perfection.
Book read aloud by James
The Storybox Library
Highly recommended to share and discuss with young children and with school groups of all ages involved in ANZAC Day and other commemorative ceremonies.
This is a book that will stop you in your tracks. The text is devastatingly simple but powerfully moving. A truly outstanding book.
Oh Creative Day