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Tuesday 7 August 2018

Review: The Happiness Box: A Wartime Book of Hope

The Happiness Box is a remarkable new book, about a remarkable old book.

The Happiness Box was created in December 1942 by Australian prisoners of war as a Christmas present for children interned in Changi Prison in Singapore.

The book was written to chase away fear and give hope, but the book was buried in order to protect it from being destroyed by the Japanese army.

After the war, the book was dug up and declared a National Treasure. It now sits displayed in the State Library of New South Wales for all to see.

The Happiness Box, written by Mark Greenwood and Andrew McLean is the story of The Happiness Box. Greenwood’s simple yet descriptive text, together with McLean’s sketch-like illustrations make a perfect partnership to tell this true tale with dignity and honour.

The back of the book gives the reader greater insight into the history the original book as well as its creators; Australian soldiers- Sir David Griffin and Captain Leslie Greener. There are also teacher’s notes available.

The Happiness Box offers children a new revelation into Australia’s war history and would be an important asset to every Australian classroom. Highly recommended.

Title: The Happiness Box: A Wartime Book of Hope
Author: Mark Greenwood
Illustrator: Andrew McLean
Publisher: Walker Books, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 August 2018
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781925081381
For ages: 5 - 9
Type: Non-Fiction Picture Book