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On Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, we gather at commemorative services and parades all over Australia and the world. Did you know that at these events we can see traditions that are thousands of years old? Have you ever watched and wondered?
Why do some soldiers wear kilts? Why do servicemen and women salute? And why do they wear medals?
Australia Remembers: Customs and Traditions of the Australian Defence Force provides answers to the many questions, delving into the origins of the colourful customs and traditions visible on these important occasions. It explores the symbolism and the significance of such rituals in the lives of the Australians who have fought for their country and those who keep us safe today.
What an honour and privilege to have access to such a book, and series, where all the hard work has been done to provide interesting and important historical information on Australia’s defence force customs. And not only do these books contain a treasure trove of rich narratives and facts, but done so in the most engaging, visually-outstanding and interactive way that draws young readers in for hours on end.
Second in the Australia Remembers titles, following Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and War Memorials, author Allison Paterson pours life, tributes and honour into her latest release, Customs and Traditions of the Australian Defence Force, signifying practices of the same name. This non-fiction resource clearly and attractively lays out each double-page spread with colourful text boxes that ask ‘Why…?’, images, photographs, captions and interactive break-out boxes that encourage readers to ponder, question and research the given topic. For example, ‘What does the Anzac spirit mean to you and your family?’, and ‘What do you do on Anzac Day to commemorate those who have served Australia?’ Covering contents from the importance and origins of customs and traditions, to mottos and codes of behaviour, commemorative services, military instruments, ceremonial parades, badges and medals, animal mascots, activities and more, readers are spoilt for choice as to what to discover next!
Allison Paterson’s thorough coverage is penned in language made easily accessible and comprehensible for primary school-aged children, and the large and segmented text allowing the eye to rove and brain the space and time to digest the small bite-sized pieces of information. The ‘Fast Facts’ and ‘Did You Knows?’ are especially fun and mind-blowing inclusions for an enjoyable learning experience.
Our impression of Australia Remembers 1: Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and War Memorials was described as ‘standing out like one of the tallest poppies in its field’; meaning this is an exemplary example of a non-fiction information text that both engages and catches the eye on such a high level. A resource that provides significant scope for primary school educators and parents to explore history and social studies, as well as the exploration of personal meaning and traditional relatability. Australia Remembers 2: Customs and Traditions of the Australian Defence Force equally emanates an undeniable vibrancy, radiating with interactivity and facts to absorb. A significant book to share across the generations, and in generations to come. Highly recommended.
Review by Romi Sharp.
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