Armistice Day: The New Zealand Story by Philippa Werry (New Holland)
This is the third book in the series marking important dates in New Zealand’s calendar. The first ‘Anzac Day: The New Zealand Story’, and then ‘Waitangi Day: The New Zealand Story’. Both books have been Storylines Notable Books and been on the bestseller list. They are important books for the school curriculum.
‘Armistice Day’ helps children understand how the war ended in WWI and other wars New Zealanders fought in. It follows the aftermath of WWI, including the influenza epidemic, through to how we remember Armistice Day now. The book also takes you to Europe to see how the fallen are remembered in cemeteries and peace memorials. Several countries brought an unknown fallen soldier back to their countries and established a memorial for all the unknown fallen soldiers too.
Philippa’s meticulous research is complemented with many illustrations, photographs and artefacts. At the back of the book is a glossary, index, recommended books and websites. A much needed resource for the classroom – Years 5-8.
Teaching resource here.