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Monday 25 April 2011

Review: The Heroes of the Kokoda Track

There are plenty of new release faction books cropping up of late – which are always a wonderful way for kids to learn about history through fictionalised tales. But sometimes it’s really nice to get the facts straight up, and this new release compiled by Nicholas Brasch does just that.

Part of the Our Stories series, The Heroes of Kokoda Track takes a peek into another world – the frightening world of war.

On the opening page, the author invites readers to put six bricks in a backpack and put in on, then climb the steepest hill. Then he asks you to imagine it’s been raining for days and you keep slipping back down the hill. And that you can’t make a sound because the enemy might be near and if they find you, you could quite possibly die.

As if this wasn’t already enough, he forgot to mention the searing heat and unbearable humidity.

No one can imagine what the men of the Kokoda Trail went through, and indeed, many Australian men, as a rite of passage, experience this same trek in an attempt to put themselves in the shoes of our bravest men.

This excellent book takes readers through the facts of this terrible time in history, breaking text into boxes and adding fascinating photographs, maps, timelines, tables filled with facts.

More than just a reference book, this is a priceless peek for kids – into a world I personally hope they’ll never need to tread.

Title: The Heroes of the Kokoda Track
Author/Illustrator: Nicholas Brasch
Publisher: Black Dog Books, $16.99
Publication Date: February 2011
ISBN: 9781742031347
Format: Soft cover
For ages: 7+
Type: Information Book