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ISBN: 9781920731038
Dimensions: 27.9x22.4cm
Pages: 32
Publication year: 2002
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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In Flanders Fields

Written by Norman Jorgensen
Illustrated by Brian Harrison-Lever


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An eloquent counterpoint to the senselessness and inhumanity of war, In Flanders Fields tells the story of a young homesick World War I soldier who risks his life to cross the no-man’s-land and rescue a robin caught in the barbed wire that separates the opposing forces.


‘… captures a poignant message of peace set in the trenches of World War I.’ The West Australian

‘The beautiful illustrations capture the mood of life in the trenches during the first world war and lend themselves to much discussion among young readers.’ The Ballarat Courier

‘Telling children about war without overwhelming them with the horror of it is a balancing act that Norman Jorgensen and Brian Harrison-Lever pull of beautifully in this touching picture book … Full of finely observed detail this is an excellent introduction to the historical reality of life in the trenches and the meaning of compassion.’ The Age

‘This is a very touching book.’ Classroom

‘This story provides a compelling counterpoint to images often seen of war depicting its senselessness and inhumanity.’ Aussie Reviews

‘This is a moving story …Highly recommended for upper primary secondary and adult readers.’ Fiction Focus

‘In pared-back text and sombre colours this powerful and moving picture book for mature readers captures a moment of simple heroism and compassion which triggers unexpected camaraderie in the midst of war.’ Reading Time


Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year (Winner 2003)
American SPCA Henry Bergh Award (Honour Book 2004)
Western Australian Premier’s Book Award (Shortlisted 2002)

Pages: 32
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Fremantle Press
ISBN: 9781920731038
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Norman Jorgensen

Multi-award-winning writer Norman Jorgensen was born in Broome and lived a happy, Huckleberry Finn-like childhood. He has worked in the book trade for much of his life, and in his spare time, he loves to read, travel and take photographs. He now lives in a hundred-year-old house near the city with his wife, Jan Nicholls, […]

Brian Harrison-Lever

With a career that started in television and film, Brian Harrison-Lever later lectured in design and drawing at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.