A moving tribute to all the soldiers who have served with the Canadian Forces.
A young soldier just returned from Afghanistan has many memories: the beauty of the mountains and wildflowers, the colours of land and sky . . . but also the tragedy that war has brought to that ravaged country and those who fought there.
Memories shift to another soldier in the family - great-grandfather's years in the trenches during WWI, and then grandfather's tour of duty during WWII. The young soldier also remembers those who did not return alive, but travelled home along the Highway of Heroes, honoured by silent observers.
In this timely new book aimed at a younger audience than most, award-winning author and noted war historian Linda Granfield delivers a moving and honest portrayal of military service. Complemented by poignant, evocative artwork by acclaimed illustrator Brian Deines, this book is sure to provide insight and to inspire pride in families all across Canada.
Linda Granfield is a bestselling non-fiction author, with over forty awards and honours to her credit. Her best-known titles for younger readers include Remembering John McCrae, The Unknown Soldier, In Flanders Fields and Where Poppies Grow. Linda lives in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at www.lindagranfield.com.
Brian Deines is an acclaimed Canadian children's book illustrator who has been nominated for the Governor General's, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon, and Lillian Shepherd Memorial awards for his work. He has illustrated The Circle Game, One Hockey Night, The Hockey Tree, Caribou Song and Dragonfly Kites, among many others. Brian lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Praise for The Road to Afghanistan:
"A touching and direct story that resonates with personal understanding of what Canadians have done in Afghanistan." -The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Colonel-in-Chief, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
"This book really highlights the reality of what many soldiers have gone through during their time in Afghanistan. [It] touched my heart and brought me right back to those hot sunny days in the desert so far away from home and family." -Master Corporal Christopher D. Russell, Canadian Forces Military Police
"The Road to Afghanistan doesn't shy away from the realities of war . . . but [Granfield] balances those descriptions with relatable stories of hope and family bonds." -Quill & Quire
"Granfield's moving narrative is accompanied by Deines' striking images in a story that honours the many Canadian soldiers who have fought in numerous wars in countries far from home. This picture book will help young readers connect with soldiers past and present." -Canadian Children's Book News
"The Road to Afghanistan is a uniquely Canadian story of common soldiers, historical and present-day. With a measured, deeply felt tone, and a quietly surprising ending, this insightful picture book presents the story of a soldier's experience." -CM: Canadian Review of Materials