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Dreaming Soldiers

Illustrated by Shane McGrath
Published by Big Sky Publishing
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

WINNER of the 2019 Australian Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards – Indigenous Children Category

"The simple story-telling combines with stunning images to honour the service and contribution of Australian veterans, and Aboriginal soldiers."

A powerful and moving story about true mateship. Dreaming Soldiers weaves tales of childhood adventures and battlefield challenges with gentle Dreaming themes.

This is a touching friendship story about Jimmy and Johnno, two young Australian boys in the 1900s; mates who do everything together, sharing adventures and growing up side by side in the dusty cattle yards of an Outback South Australian station and later on the muddy WWI battlefields of the Western Front.

"A powerful (and overdue) look at the war. Shane McGrath’s work is stunning a perfect foil for Catherine’s compelling story." - A. Paterson

Catherine Bauer is a journalist and writer from South Australia. She has worked as a news and political journalist and features writer, a government media adviser and currently works with the State Theatre Company South Australia. Her love of writing started as an eight-year-old where she wrote and illustrated her own book. She has now written and published three children’s plays and two picture books. Catherine aims for her stories to spark all or one of the following three reactions in readers: ‘that’s me’; ‘I wish that was me’ or ‘I’m glad that’s not me’. Her parents were both great story tellers and among her favourites, her father’s wonderful retellings about finding joy in small things, his enthralling adventures and often hardships of a childhood growing up in WWII Germany.

Shane McGrath is a talented artist/illustrator from Melbourne. His mum says he was always talented (all mums say that) and one of the first artworks Shane made was when he bit his toast into the shape of a horse. He always loved drawing pictures and readi

  • Publisher: Big Sky Publishing (August 1, 2018)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781925675528

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