Moreton Downs State School

‘In Flanders Fields’ is the amazing story of a young soldier at war. Peering through a periscope, he sees a small robin caught helplessly in the wire. Cautiously he steps out of the trench, on to ‘No Man’s Land’, and heads towards the trapped bird……

The author and illustrator of ‘In Flanders Fields’, dedicate the book to many friends and relatives they have had, who fought in the war, which is very unique. The pictures are very unusual. Brian Harrison-Lever has used very little colour and the illustrations are very detailed. This, together with the content of the book, makes it more suitable for older students. Teachers would find this a useful book to share with their students on ANZAC Day or Remembrance Day.

I enjoyed ‘In Flanders Fields’ because the story was more meaningful than many other picture books. It shows that when you care for someone, nothing can stop you. The dark, sombre colours make it easy to imagine that you are there in the real battlefield, with real soldiers, experiencing the real horror and meaningless of war. It captivates you so closing your eyes, you can see the beautiful red of the robin. It makes you want to read on and see what happens next, even though it not a very long story.

The story is special because it is based on a real event; the soldiers on the Western Front during World War I.. The significance of the little red bird, makes the story very touching. It makes you wonder about whether there is any point to war, at all. subject, but the story is really touching.

The title ‘In Flanders Fields’ was taken from the poem by John MaCrae.

Norman Jorgenson, born in Broome, Australia, and Brian Harrison Lever, England, working together make one fantastic book.