Book Review: Anzac Ted, by Belinda Landsberry

cv_anzac_tedAvailable now in bookshops nationwide.

This is a debut picture book from Australian author and illustrator Belinda Landsberry.

Anzac Ted’s a scary bear. He has missing bits with his tummy split and only one eye, but in spite of all these faults this bear has a very special story to tell. It’s also written in rhyming verse which makes it very suitable and easy to listen to for smaller children.

Anzac Ted was taken to school for show and tell but he frightened the children with some starting to cry. He never wins the Toy Show or get a single vote from any boy or girl, but what the children don’t know is how brave Anzac Ted really is. He was a little boys’ grandpa’s special bear growing up. When Grandpa Jack enlisted he was twenty-one. He kissed his wife and hugged his baby son. Anzac Ted was packed into his suitcase for luck and to make sure that Grandpa Jack would make it safely back home.

With ANZAC Day in a couple of weeks’ time, this is a great story to introduce small children to what it means. The two children I read this to loved hearing about this very special bear. Quinn at 18 months old is probably a bit too young to understand, but Abby at nearly 5 years old has heard other stories about the ANZACs and the significance of 25 April.

It’s a lovely story and one that should be treasured.

Reviewed by Christine Frayling

by Belinda Landsberry
Published by Exisle Publishing Australia
ISBN 9781925335187

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