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My Mother's Eyes : The Story of a Boy Soldier - Mark Wilson

My Mother's Eyes

The Story of a Boy Soldier


Published: 10th March 2011
For Ages: 3 - 6 years old
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RRP $16.99

A boy soldier in WW1 writes home to his mother about his experience of war.

A fifteen-year-old Australian farm boy lies about his age to enlist to war and is caught up in the horrors of World War I in Egypt and on the Western Front, where 5,500 Australian troops were lost in two days at Fromelles alone. This boy s story in this unique, stirring picture book is based on true stories of the twenty-three teenage soldiers one only fourteen who fought with the Australian army in World War I, as recorded at the Australian War Memorial (their names among a list of 60,000 Australian soldiers killed in that war). The author s grandfather was a boy soldier who, unlike the hero of the book, did survive to return home. Told in the boy s own simple language and with extracts from his letters home, the story is extremely moving and evocative of the real tragedy of that worst of all wars.

About the Author

Highly acclaimed author/illustrator Mark Wilson s many picture books include The Penguin Shore (a CBCA Notable Book in 1996), The Castaways of the Charles Eaton, Yellow-eye (winner of the Wilderness Society Award in 2002), the Extinction Series: I Saw Nothing: the Extinction of the Thylacine (a CBCA Notable Book in 2004); I Said Nothing: the Extinction of the Paradise Parrot; and I Did Nothing: the Extinction of the Gastric Brooding Frog, and The Last Tree (2006). The Extinction Series also won a Wilderness Society Award and a Whitley Award in 2004, and The Last Tree won a Whitley Award in 2007. Mark lives in Frankston, Victoria.



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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written


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    Comments about My Mother's Eyes:

    I used this book with my year 6 class (11-12 years old). We had 2 weeks of "ANZAC" books prior to our school holidays.
    Half the class was in tears, me included, even though I'd read it many times to prepared myself. They were moved. The following questions, comments and discussion made me so very proud of my class.

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    ISBN: 9780734411914
    ISBN-10: 073441191X
    Audience: Children
    For Ages: 3 - 6 years old
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 36
    Published: 10th March 2011
    Publisher: Hachette Australia
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 26.1 x 26.1  x 0.3
    Weight (kg): 0.21
    Edition Number: 1