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After the War
by Bob Kerr

Beautiful New Zealand book

A story in drawings & words of a girl's life in a small town - A pictorial view of how the landscape & society changed over a half century

In 1945 a young girl plants an apple tree with her father, just home from the war. The text follows this tree through years & through the seasons. After the tree is blown down in a storm at the turn of the century, a new kowhai tree is planted & a tui feeds on it

The colour illustrations portray hundreds of details about the changes in NZ life - the farm is subdivided, the preserving jars are replaced with olive oil…


The real story is in the illustrations, in which details tell the reader a great deal about history unfolding in a geographical sense, as well as for the family personally. Looking carefully, one can see new buildings going up – a city developing in the background, planes & cars changing, becoming more modern as years go by. For the family, there are marriages, babies & losses, & of course the apple tree grows bigger each year

A powerful story

Every time I pick it up I make new discoveries

The most endearing & enduring book in my library

Hard bound
19 x 24.5cm
30 pages

Name or original owner stamped on first and last page. Sticker remnant on cover. Otherwise good condition

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  • Seller location: Wellington City, Wellington, NZ

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