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A stunning picture book from the award-winning Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper, bringing us the incredible true story of Gladys Sandford – mechanic, First World War ambulance driver, New Zealand's first woman pilot and a trailblazer ahead of her time . . .

A stunning picture book from the award-winning Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper, bringing us the incredible true story of Gladys Sandford – mechanic, First World War ambulance driver, New Zealand's first woman pilot and a trailblazer ahead of her time . . .

Gladys loves nothing better than tinkering with car engines and driving at top speed. She also dreams of learning to fly a plane. But it's 1914 and people, especially her mother, keep reminding her that women are not supposed to be adventurous. When war comes, Gladys offers her services at the front as an ambulance driver. She receives an infuriating response from the War Office:
'This will be a short war and women will not be needed. If you want to help the war effort you should stay at home and knit socks and balaclavas.'
But Gladys is not the kind of person who stays home and knits. She is determined to go to war.
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There are many stories about men who enlisted and courageously fought for their ideals. In Gladys Goes to War, the award-winning team of Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper brings us the amazing true story of Gladys Sandford, ambulance driver, adventurer and trailblazer. Amongst her lifetime of heroic achievements, she actively served in the First World War and was the first female to gain a pilot's licence in New Zealand.
Glyn Harper discovered and researched Gladys's story and his account of her exciting life will captivate children of all ages. Brought to life with Jenny Cooper's exuberant illustrations, Glady Goes to War will cause readers to wonder why they haven't heard of Gladys before now.

Reviews

For children, [Gladys's story] wakes up their natural sense of injustice - it's just plain unfair to tell somebody they can't do something based on their gender and it opens up a discussion that is probably as valid now as it was in 1916... Clearly Glyn Harper has developed great faith in illustrator Jenny Cooper to not only bring the story to life but to represent the historical details correctly... These are stunning pictures - it's a beautiful book.

John McIntyre, Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan Children's Book Review

A fabulous, heart-warming ANZAC Day book for children...Gladys was a pioneering woman who showed us that we can do anything...This beautifully written book is a must read!

Paula Green, NZ Poetry Box

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143507208

    March 28, 2016

    Picture Puffin

    32 pages

    RRP $19.99

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Awards and Recognition

  • Storylines Notable Picture Book
    2017
    Notable Book
    Storylines Notable Book

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