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Hollow triumph

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August 2005, no. 273

Scarecrow Army: The Anzacs at Gallipoli by Leon Davidson

Black Dog Books, $16.95 pb, 186 pp

Book 2 Cover Small (400 x 600)

Animal Heroes by Anthony Hill

Penguin, $17.95 pb, 232 pp

Hollow triumph

by
August 2005, no. 273

One walks a fine line between patriotism and claptrap when writing about anything to do with war. Especially when writing for young people, one tries to salute the courage of soldiers and to honour the fallen, but also to instil caution in potential young soldiers; to convey that war is hell and that it shows human beings at their worst. Of course, one wants to tell an exciting story, too, with heroes and villains and suspense – with maybe a history lesson or two thrown in. Two of the following books succeed majestically in this task; the third falls far short.

Margaret MacNabb reviews ‘Scarecrow Army: The Anzacs at Gallipoli’ by Leon Davidson and ‘Animal Heroes’ by Anthony Hill and ‘Alexander The Great: Reckless Conqueror’ by Carole Wilkinson

Scarecrow Army: The Anzacs at Gallipoli

by Leon Davidson

Black Dog Books, $16.95 pb, 186 pp

Book 2 Cover Small (400 x 600)

Animal Heroes

by Anthony Hill

Penguin, $17.95 pb, 232 pp

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