This month we have well-known author Hazel Edwards, author of Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop and 200 other books (including There's a hippopotamus on our roof eating cake).
In Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Hazel Edwards explores why this wartime surgeon and rugby-player, is so well regarded. Melbourne born, farm boy 'Weary' was fascinated by medical science and sport. In November 1939, after the outbreak of WWII, Weary signed up for the Australian Army. In April 1942, Weary and his men became prisoners of war. Weary's leadership against the Japanese prison guards was heroic. He saved lives through his medical skills, negotiated on behalf of his men, and persuaded the Japanese it was in their interests to have healthier prisoners. Read his story to find out how he survived the war and led a successful medical career afterwards.
Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop is part of the Aussie Heroes series, which introduces junior readers to heroes who have made an important contribution to Australian society. Aimed at readers 10 plus New Frontier Aussie Heroes series include Weary Dunlop, Dr Fred Hollows and Edith Cowan , the quiet woman of note. Download a teaching resource to go with the Aussie Heroes series: What Makes a Hero? Discussion Activity Use these points to discuss your hero.
Here are some reviews of Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop online.
- abc_radio_krista_bell_reviewing_weary.doc 'written in child-friendly mode'.
- Weary' write up a ripping read - Herald Sun Weekender, March 26, 2011
- Buzz Words Review 'This series allows young children to access information.'
- Leader newspapers 'tale of a man of great courage'
- Need to Read This!: featured authors & books such as our 'Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop'.
- Kids Book Reviews Anzac Day recommended reading
- Aussie Reviews.com 'A well rounded summary of a remarkable man.'
- KidsBookReview 'This is the essence of educational adventuring and it's addictive' Jo Burnell
- The Book Chook: "Boys in particular will enjoy reading about Dunlop's sporting prowess.'
- New Frontier Publisher Blog Relative Heroes and sharing an author's poignant moment.
- Read Plus: child friendly
- My Little Bookcase recommended junior history book list
- NSW Assoc for Gifted & Talented reminds readers that heroes were once children. A very readable account.
Existing teacher resources here: