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.
About the Author
- Superbly researched book gives new life to one of Australia's iconic stories.
- Excellent teaching resource for schools.
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 Frané Lessac and they live with their two children in Western Australia.
About the illustrator
Frané 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.
The creative strengths of Mark Greenwood and Frane Lessac combine here to produce an engaging work of narrative nonfiction in which the bare bones of biography are imbued with just the right touch of the imaginative to engage young readers ... this picture book is both timely and relevant and moreover brings life, substance and an unexpected by-line to a familiar story. * Magpies *
Simpson and his Donkey (Mark Greenwood & Frane Lessac) is perhaps the finest piece of Australian literature published into April 2008. Conveyed in language, tone and colour appropriate for all readers ... In legend and legacy, Simpson and his Donkey shines with spirit... * Bendigo Weekly *