My Grandfather’s War

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The award-winning team of Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper share this poignant story about a Vietnam veteran and his relationship with his granddaughter. While the relationship is a positive one, the young girl senses her grandfather’s pain and is curious to find out the cause. She discovers her grandfather’s sadness is a legacy of the Vietnam War and his experiences there. This is a sensitive exploration of the cost of war on those who serve.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 245 x 255 mm / 9½ x 10 Inches | Colour | 32 Pages |

Glyn Harper is a highly regarded military historian and an award-winning author of books for both children and adults. Trained as a secondary school teacher, he taught English and History before joining the military, during which time he also completed his PhD, and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Following his retirement from the military, Glyn is now Professor of War Studies and Massey Project Leader of the Centenary History of New Zealand and the First World War. Glyn writes books for children as he thinks it is important to ‘hook’ them into enjoying history.

Jenny Cooper is an award-winning illustrator who specialises in a realistic style. Her previous books with Glyn Harper include the internationally acclaimed Jim’s Letters.

The award-winning team of Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper share this poignant story about a Vietnam veteran and his relationship with his granddaughter. While the relationship is a positive one, the young girl senses her grandfather’s pain and is curious to find out the cause of it. As she innocently seeks answers, she unknowingly opens old wounds and discovers her grandfather’s sadness is a legacy of the Vietnam War and his experiences there. This is a sensitive exploration of the lingering cost of war and of the PTSD so many returned servicemen experience. Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Khe Sanh (the Vietnam War’s longest battle), it also sheds light on a war that is not always remembered in the same way that the world wars and other conflicts are. Many who served experience a sense of betrayal at the treatment they received on their return, as the conflict came to be regarded as the ‘unpopular’ war, and this is covered in a child-friendly way in a note at the back of the book.

The Bottom Shelf Edu Blog, May 2018
Few picture books about the Vietnam War have been written for young readers, and yet it is a period of our history that is perhaps having the greatest impact on our nation and its families in current times. Apart from the personal impact on families as grandfathers, particularly, continue to struggle with their demons. Together, Harper and Cooper have created a sensitive, personal and accessible story that needs to be shared, its origins explored and understanding generated.  Lest We Forget.” 
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Books + Publishing, May 2018

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