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In Flanders Fields

Written by Norman Jorgensen and illustrated by Brian Harrison-Lever


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An eloquent counterpoint to the senselessness and inhumanity of war, In Flanders Fields tells the story of a young homesick World War I soldier who risks his life to cross the no-man’s-land and rescue a robin caught in the barbed wire that separates the opposing forces.

‘… captures a poignant message of peace, set in the trenches of World War I.’ The West Australian

‘The beautiful illustrations capture the mood of life in the trenches during the first world war and lend themselves to much discussion among young readers.’ The Ballarat Courier

‘Telling children about war without overwhelming them with the horror of it is a balancing act that Norman Jorgensen and Brian Harrison-Lever pull of beautifully in this touching picture book … Full of finely observed detail, this is an excellent introduction to the historical reality of life in the trenches and the meaning of compassion.’ The Age

‘This is a very touching book.’ Classroom

‘This story provides a compelling counterpoint to images often seen of war, depicting its senselessness and inhumanity.’ Aussie Reviews

‘This is a moving story …Highly recommended for upper primary, secondary and adult readers.’ Fiction Focus

‘In pared-back text and sombre colours, this powerful and moving picture book for mature readers captures a moment of simple heroism and compassion which triggers unexpected camaraderie in the midst of war.’ Reading Time


Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year (Winner 2003)
American SPCA Henry Bergh Award (Honour Book 2004)
Western Australian Premier’s Book Award (Shortlisted 2002)

ISBN 9781920731038 (Paperback)
Formats Picture Book (279 x 224mm) (Paperback)
Categories Anzac and War
Books for History Teachers
Children's ebooks
Affordable paperbacks
Children's Picture Books
Award Winning
Pages 34
Publication Year 2002, 2004, 2008, 2014
Edition 2nd
Publisher Fremantle Press
Rights World
  • Brian harrison lever

    Brian Harrison-Lever

    With a career that started in television and film, Brian Harrison-Lever later lectured in design and drawing at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Read more

  • Norman jorgensen

    Norman Jorgensen

    Multi-award-winning writer Norman Jorgensen was born in Broome and lived a happy, Huckleberry Finn-like childhood. He has worked in the book trade for much of his life, and in his spare time, he loves to read, travel and take photographs. He now lives in a hundred-year-old house near the city with his wife, Jan Nicholls, a children’s book devotee. Norman began writing when in primary school and had a story read on the ABC Radio Argonauts Club, but it took many years before his first picture book, In Flanders Fields, beautifully illustrated by Brian Harrison-Lever, was published. Norman has since published three novels – Jack’s Island, The Smuggler’s Curse and his latest, The Wreckers’ Revenge – and two picture books with local illustrator James Foley – The Last Viking and The Last Viking Returns. Read more