In 1915 thousands of New Zealand soldiers marched from the southern Wairarapa across the Rimutaka Range to Wellington to board ships taking them to fight in World War One. A century later, writer and illustrator Michelle O’Connell joined a re-enactment of the march. Marching were relatives of the young men who had marched to war.

Michelle’s book is the story of her great-grandfather Albert and her young son, Michael.
As with her previous book, ‘Leaving for the Front’, Michelle O’Connell has written and illustrated ‘The Crossing’ in a way that commemorates the soldiers while providing useful lessons for children on the sacrifice of their forebears.
A ‘Notes for the Teacher’ section includes useful teaching points for primary aged children.

The Crossing

SKU: sku_57048105a13eb_1459912965
  • ISBN: 978-0-473-35533-3
    Format: Paperback
    Author: Michelle O’Connell
    Illustrations: Graphite, water colour paints and water colour pencils on paper (scanned for book use).
    Publisher BMS Books an imprint of Business Media Services Ltd
    Date Published: 02/04/2016
    Country Published: New Zealand
    Number of Pages: 52
    Size: 210mm x 210mm
    Age group: Pre-school, children 0-12
    BISAC Code: Education, history
    Price: $20.00