Top positive review
From Tasmanian devils to cute kangaroos and wonderful fruits to birds galore - and More!
Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2020
Wow! Jean Grainger hit the jackpot when she and her family decided to spend a year in Australia. She always researches her books to the nth degree and she went well over that on this one. So many things to remember I think sometimes I went on the trip with her. Did you know they have a nut there that you can use for a clothespin without any modifications? Just pick it up off the ground and put it back there when you are done. All those things and bits are interesting, but the real grabber in this story were the people. The Irish nuns, though out of place in Australia were so unique within their own group they almost needed no other characters, But the story would have just been a travelogue without the wise Aboriginal man who was more than just a laborer and had been on a long winding trail before coming to know the nuns and educating them on the terrible segregation issues in the history of Australia and still today. And the mean mayor of the city was a real bad guy in many ways. And then the people who were afraid of the Catholics, but were trying their best to help the children who needed to be away from their parents in order to attend their school. I grew to know the people, the flora and fauna, the jungles and the deserts of Queensland, all in the 24 hours it took me to read the book. Not much sleep but the book was too good to put down. I highly recommend this book for those who have a heart for doing good and loving children and nature, but find it too long a trip to take from the other side of the world. I just can't fathom the thirty hour trip from my house, but I saw it all clearly through the eyes and writingng of my favorite author. Thank you, Jean, for another winner!