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Photographs in the Mud (Paperback)

Dianne Wolfer

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ISBN 10: 1921361042 / ISBN 13: 9781921361043
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Paperback. The Kokoda Track, 1942. Jack and Hoshi are soldiers on opposite sides in the war who meet in battle, discovering that they have much more in common than they had ever realised.Photographs .Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 32 pages. 0.200. Bookseller Inventory # 9781921361043

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Title: Photographs in the Mud (Paperback)

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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Grade 4-8–This is the story of an encounter between two men fighting along the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea during World War II. Jack, an Australian soldier, leaves his pregnant wife to tramp 96 kilometers north through the jungle to stop the advancing Japanese army. Hoshi leaves his wife and young daughter in Japan to travel south along the same trail to attack the Australian army. Both men hate war but fight valiantly with their comrades for their countries. The narrative is peppered with the agonies of jungle fighting: leeches, thorns, oozing tropical ulcers, insects, and mud that sucked the boots from their feet. Both soldiers spend a long night together, suffering wounds from which only one will recover. When the men are found, the family pictures they shared are discovered stuck together in the mud. Endpapers evoke a small Australian town and a Japanese village in the '40s. Throughout the book, sepia-toned family snapshots are superimposed on the large framed paintings depicting the jungle. These are not blaring action-filled illustrations–they are beautifully executed in muted colors apart from the red of the two soldiers' wounds. The real horror here is the face-to-face combat during which those involved can see the human side of their enemy. A powerful reflection for older children on the true cost of war.–Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT
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