Memorial by Gary Crew and Shaun Tan (group set, 7 books)

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Memorial is a story about a tree planted beside a war memorial for the Unknown Soldier, in a small country town by returned servicemen. Years on, the tree has grown to be huge and unruly, dislodging the statue next to it and creating a traffic hazard in what is now a much larger, busier town. A decision is made by a local council to cut the tree down. Four generations of one family recount their memories of the tree referencing family history and the three wars that they have impacted their lives.

Crew’s conversational narrative combined with Tan’s symbolic illustration create spaces for readers in upper primary and secondary schools to reflect on major themes of love, loss, war, hope, memory and remembrance.

  • Narrative picture book
  • Sophisticated illustration with inter-textual references to other art work.
  • Could be read alongside war poetry, Line of Fire by Barroux, Eric Bogle's lyrics
  • 32 pages

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Memorial discussion guide

Author: Gary Crew

Illustrator: Shaun Tan

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Suggested year group 6 - 7

Synopsis and Reasons for selection

Memorial is a story about a tree planted beside a war memorial for the Unknown Soldier, in a small country town by returned servicemen. Years on, the tree has grown to be huge and unruly, dislodging the statue next to it and creating a traffic hazard in what is now a much larger, busier town. A decision is made by a local council to cut the tree down. Four generations of one family recount their memories of the tree referencing family history and the three wars that they have impacted their lives.

Crew’s conversational narrative combined with Tan’s symbolic illustration create spaces for readers in upper primary and secondary schools to reflect on major themes of love, loss, war, hope, memory and remembrance.

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