Welcome to Children's Corner book reviews from 4MBS Classic Radio FM in Brisbane. Here you will find short annotations of the children's books reviewed by Kerry Neary in Children's Corner on 4MBS, together with the details you need to find them at your favourite bookstore. Any prices shown are the publisher's Australian recommended price and may vary depending on where you shop. You are welcome to use these reviews for newsletters and the like with appropriate acknowledgement.

May 26, 2014

I was only nineteen

This classic modern Australian song is credited with helping to heal the rift between the Australian community and the Vietnam veterans. The story tells of one soldier’s experience, yet many soldiers’ experiences, of that war with illustrations showing its unpredictability, isolation and dramatically changing face, as well as the innocence in the faces of the boys sent to fight it. The endpapers add a poignant and moving touch that sounds the depth of the heart wrenching essence of the song. Lest we forget.

John Schumann, illustrated by Craig Smith         

Allen & Unwin          ISBN: 9781743317235           RRP: $24.99