Digger is the story of one toy kangaroo, one Australian soldier, Annie and Colette, set in two countries engaged in a world at war.
It is an amazingly poignant story and beautifully portrayed in text and illustration.
It is a tribute to the French school children who tended the graves of Australian soldiers and a quiet reminder of the casualties of the battle for Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918.
James goes off to war, leaving his homeland Australia behind and takes with him Digger, a toy kangaroo which Annie, his sister, has lovingly repaired and named just for him. The pages turn over to show images of a soldier who is keen to help and fight for his own country and for others. He faces everything with courage.
Digger is always with him and they both even survive a blast in the trenches.
Colette in France, helps to repair Digger and one day he is brought to Colette without James. He is sent back to Australia repaired and with a note for Annie...
With tears in my eyes on the last page, I believe this book is truly amazing and will be a sad but good read for anyone, whether they are coping with loss, learning about the effects of war or just as a brilliant picture book.
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