I received an autographed copy of this in a giveaway the author had, and the following is my honest opinion for the book.
The first thing one will notice about the story the author has created is that it has been written entirely in rhyme. While it’s not like the entertaining Dr. Seuss books I remember as a child, it does expose its young readers to poetry.
The poetry helps to draw whoever reads the book into the history of the Australian Aborigines and the lives they led before the “invasion” of white settlers with their diseases and unfriendly ways towards Mother Earth, in a way plain writing never would.
Before they came, the Aborigines lived in harmony with nature. Ms. Finke does a marvelous job in bring their struggle to survive in the modern day world while keeping their antiquity way of life alive. And to do so with as few words, makes it more amazing.
The glossary of Aussie words at the end of the book aids the reader in a better understanding of the story they’re reading. The illustrations, by Ioana Zdrelea vividly match the words it has been placed with.
This is why I’m not hesitating in giving this book the 5 STARS it so richly deserves.