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Anzac Ted eBook

Belinda Landsberry

Anzac Ted is the powerful, poignant story of a little boy’s teddy bear that was passed down to him from his grandfather. Battered, torn, missing an eye and an ear, he might look scary but he’s got a great story to tell. For Anzac Ted went to war, keeping soldiers company and giving them comfort. And while he never won a medal, and now doesn’t even attract a single vote at classroom Toy Shows, if only everyone looked a little deeper:

‘They’d see a hero, plain as day
Who sits upon my bed.
A hero, who saved me and you.
His name … is Anzac Ted.’
While several children’s picture books cover the world wars, none has ever made the conflict so accessible to children by telling the story of a bear who went to war. Belinda’s exquisite watercolour illustrations combine with her rhyming text to create a book that, while perfect for parents and teachers to share with children, is also guaranteed to touch the heart of every adult.
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About the author:

Belinda Landsberry is a children’s author and illustrator. She brings an ideal combination of talents to her work, having formerly trained as a primary school teacher and graphic designer. Mother to four children — two grown-up and two teenagers — Belinda will hold the impressive record of having made school lunches for 30 years straight when her youngest daughter finishes school in 2018! Anzac Ted is her first published book.


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Downtown Sight & Sound / ABC Centre Ballina, March 2016


"It's so beautiful!!! The BEST children's ANZAC book I've ever seen!"

Boomerang Magazine, April 2015


Perfect for reading aloud with someone you cherish or soaking up the atmospheric sepia illustrations alone” 

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Yours Magazine, April 2015


every time it is read it lets the soldiers who are no longer with us live on, gives those serving their due

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The Haven Magazine, April 2015


“As we celebrate the centenary of Anzac Day this month, here’s a story to share with the kids”

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Practical Parenting, April 2015


A poignant picture book with stunning watercolour illustrations

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Parenting without Tears Blog, April 2015


a very special kind of book

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The Cove - Review April 2015


“Anzac Ted may look scary, but this old bear is an unsung hero”

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Jigsaw Magazine - Published by Family Day Care Australia, April 2015


“I thoroughly enjoyed the book, as did the children and after reading it we talked about the Anzacs and what it meant for us” 
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The Book Chook Blog - Review, March 2015


“Children will love the detailed pictures of the teddy hero – battle scarred, patched and missing bits. I am sure they will remember their own loved teddies and connect with the story even more”

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Swings and Roundabouts - Review, March 2015


"The watercolour illustrations are beautiful, particularly the sepia-toned illustrations of the yesteryear. The author/illustrator has cleverly separated the two time periods by using sepia-toned illustrations for the past, while the colour illustrations depict the present. A book to be shared in large or small groups or one-on-one."


Tots and Teens - Review, March 2015


"Anzac Ted is a spectacular story that both adults and children will enjoy reading time and again."



Q&A - Reading Upside Down Blog, March 2015


"Do you have a favourite genre? What do you enjoy most about it?"
" I have a couple of favourite genres - children's fiction (including picture books), YA, fantasy, biographies and historical fiction probably take up most of my bookshelf space

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Review - Literacy Blog, March 2015


"This is a lovely picture book for children aged 4-6 years that will allow very young children to access just as little of the Anzac legend."


Review - Sydney Morning Herald, 20 March 2015


"…this is another fitting tribute to one family’s experience of war and to the war stories and memorabilia that are handed down from generation to generation.”

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Review - Scan Magazine, March 2015


Told in rhyming verse, this picture book provides a gentle introduction to the ANZAC story

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Review - Reading Time, March 2015


A simple verse story with powerful evocative illustrations…especially suitable for upper primary children as they learn about the ANZAC event and other elements of World War , and indeed all wars

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Review - The Pregnancy Centre, March 2015


A heart rending story, touching the depths of spirit of the Anzacs

Exisle Publishing Pregancy Centre Anzac Ted Review


Review - Coast Magazine, March 2015


This superb book is filled with beautiful watercolour illustrations and is sure to win hearts old and young” 

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Review - Ladies in Racing, February 2015


"this battered old bear is an unsung hero."

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Review - Schools Out West Australian, February 2015


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Review - Buzzwords, January 2015


Anzac Ted is a poignant and touching book ... visually striking ... a beautiful and important book: especially as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War 1 and in particular the Gallipoli campaign." - Buzz Words 

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Playground Queensland Book Review - January 2015


Anzac Ted is a unique children's book, including stunning watercolour illustrations ... Anzac Ted's themes of love, acceptance and the importance of family will resonate with adult readers ... and with older readers for whom the war themes and illustrations will be touching  and nostalgic." - Playground Queensland Book Reviews


Totline - January 2015


"This is a heartfelt and beautifully illustrated book encompassing hope in the face of fear, a family's heritage and our national legacy."



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Kids Book Review Curly Questions - January 2015

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Testimonial - December 2014


Anzac Ted is a strong, timely tale. The first published work by author and illustrator, Belinda Landsberry, it takes us back to 1914 when young men – often just boys – enlisted as diggers. Knowing from the very first pages how dearly loved Anzac Ted is by his 21st century family, we are not surprised that Grandpa Jack felt no shame taking his teddy off to World War 1 and introducing him to his comrades. Wherever Jack’s war took him, the young soldiers adopted Anzac as their mascot. In return he brought them peace, hope and memories of home.

Landsberry has a gentle touch with her words and her pictures. Using just the right amount of lines per page and rhyme per line, the text moves seamlessly between Ted at home, Ted at school, Ted at war and back again to the boy who loves Ted today. Sepia tones mark the journey back in time, with the final page showing a poignant, beautifully drawn silhouette of the lone Australian digger keeping vigil on Sydney’s Anzac Bridge.

This story is significant for our nation as we remember the events of a century ago. It is clearly also a personal story for the Landsberry family. Anzac Ted deserves to be our very own Aussie Velveteen Rabbit, loved by all who have cherished a special toy made “scary” by love.    

Helen Pearson, whose love of words has led her into teaching foreign languages, English and literacy in schools and at university. She also has authored articles for teachers and parents, and spelling textbooks to help students write down the delicious fruits of their ripening imaginations.

TheMummyProject  December 2014


'There’s no doubt that war and conflict can be hard concepts for children to understand. Anzac Ted helps to explain the Anzac legacy to the younger generation. The book, written and illustrated by Belinda Landsberry starts with a description of a raggedy scary-looking teddy bear Anzac Ted that is the object of disdain at Show and Tell at school........................................................ Focusing on themes of war, conflict, family and love, this is a very special children’s book. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign next April, share the story of Anzac Ted and the Anzacs and remember their sacrifice.'

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Independent Education Journal - December 2014

Independent Education Union Journal

Maitland Mercury - November 2014



Mother & Baby - November 2014


'.....Reading picture books is also a great way to help your children understand this complex side to our history.  Anzac Ted is a beautiful story that gently teaches children about the sacrifices that Australians had to make during war, in a way that they can understand.......'



 Get Ahead Kids - November 2014




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  '.......As we approach 2015 and the 100th anniversary of the departure of the first Anzacs, Anzac Ted offers parents and teachers a very age-appropriate way of sharing the story of Australia’s First World War soldiers with children...........'

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LightFMNovember 2014




ABC Radio Riverland - Monday 10th November 2014


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The Perth Sunday Times - 9th November 2014?


Perth Sunday Times


Today Show Channel 9 - Thursday 6th November 2014



The Weekly Times - Thursday 6th November 2014?


The Weekly Times


North Shore Times - Wednesday 5th november 2014


North Shore Times front pageNewsLocal digital edition - North Shore Times - 5 Nov 2014 - Page #7



Ann Pisarevsky - STAV (Science Teachers' Association of Victoria)?convener of National Science Week and editor of Let?s Find Out


?Anzac Ted? is a charming book. Although it is a story about a little boy?s teddy the underlying theme is war. The teddy given to the little boy by his grandfather is all tattered and worn from its experiences during World War 1. The overall presentation is exquisite. The beautiful watercolour illustrations are excellent and capture the poignancy of the story. Although the book is about a serious world episode it has been written in such a way that the concept is accessible to children. In fact it is a delight to read. ?Anzac Ted? could be an excellent means of introducing primary children to the concept of war. It should be found in all libraries.  



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