An Extraordinary Tale of Bravery: Read Our Review of The Last Light Horse by Dianne Wolfer and Brian Simmonds

An Extraordinary Tale of Bravery: Read Our  Review of The Last Light Horse by Dianne Wolfer and Brian Simmonds

There were 136,000 Australian horses sent to fight during the First World War. Just one came home. From the high country of Victoria to the desert sand of Egypt, from the waters off Gallipoli to the battlefields of France, this is the extraordinary story of Sandy, the only returning warhorse. The Last Light Horse is the fourth and final book in the Light series, which began with Lighthouse Girl and includes the CBCA shortlisted Light Horse Boy.

Dianne Wolfer’s Light series is a standout historical book series for kids that explores the extraordinary, inspiring and courageous stories of World War I. The Last Light Horse follows light horse Sandy on his journey to return from the war. Engaging, and at times heartbreaking, The Last Light Horse is a fantastic conclusion to the series and a heartfelt look at an unsung Australian hero.

We are first introduced to Sandy as a newborn foal, growing up on a small Tallangatta farm. From there we follow Sandy as the world slowly falls into chaos, and the young horse is forced into joining the war effort. Sandy travels the world with his many owners, helping in the war effort wherever he can.

Brian Simmonds and Wolfer have collaborated on the previous books in the Light series, so it’s no surprise to see his fantastic charcoal illustrations on show here. Wolfer combines Simmonds sketches with real historic photos and documents from the war, creating a seamless blend between the two mediums.

The Last Light Horse is an excellent book to bring into the classroom and is sure to provoke some intriguing class discussion. Wolfer also provides some thought-provoking questions that cover several related subject areas, such as history, geography and visual arts.

The Last Light Horse gives readers an astonishing look into one of the most extraordinary stories of World War I. With an educational focus and breathtaking illustrations, this is one inspiring story of courage and sacrifice, perfect for fans of Stephen Spielberg’s War Horse. Suitable for ages 9+.

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Publisher details

The Last Light Horse
Authors
Brian Simmonds, Dianne Wolfer
Publisher
Fremantle Press
Genre
Children’s Non-Fiction
Released
29 March, 2022
ISBN
9781760991302

Synopsis

For ages 9+.

There were 136,000 Australian horses sent to fight during the First World War. Just one came home. From the high country of Victoria to the desert sand of Egypt, from the waters off Gallipoli to the battlefields of France, this is the extraordinary story of Sandy, the only returning warhorse.

The fourth and final book in the Light series, which began with Lighthouse Girl and includes the CBCA shortlisted Light Horse Boy.

Brian Simmonds
About the author

Brian Simmonds

Brian Simmonds was born in Subiaco and worked for many years as a lithographer in the printing industry while studying art in the evenings. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Curtin University and worked for The Sunday TimesNew Idea and an advertising agency before he became a professional artist in 1990. He has exhibited his work many times and won numerous prizes for drawing, oil painting and mixed media works. His work can be found in many private and public collections in Australia.

Books by Brian Simmonds

Dianne Wolfer
About the author

Dianne Wolfer

Dianne Wolfer is an award-winning author. Her book Lighthouse Girl served as inspiration for PIAF’s The Giants and was adapted into a stage production by Black Swan State Theatre Company. One of Dianne’s picture books, Photographs in the Mud (set along the Kokoda Track), was inspired by a wartime anecdote, has been used as an international peace reference and was also published in Japanese.

Books by Dianne Wolfer

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