"I began as a tiny spark in the dry grass. All I wanted was a friend. I found one in the wind, who helped me to grow, helped me to fly!
But was it really my friend?
The roar of the gathering flames visually builds alongside raw black text, and I truly felt I had experienced something first hand. Beautifully and powerfully illustrated with energetic painterly splats of raging orange, yellows and reds juxtaposed with the torn and burned charcoal paper edges there is no doubt that this story will hit home with many readers.
The promise of regrowth and the natural cycle also gives room for projects about traditional land management. Suitable for 4-9 year olds.
Reviewed by Liz Anelli, Reading Time, Children’s Book Council of Australia
Congratulations to Wallace and Plant on producing a work of art, commemorating that horrible day that devastated the lives of thousands, and the natural landscape, in a poetic way that does not induce fear, yet accurately portrays the impact of bushfires.
Sam Sochacka, Creative Kids Tales
With bushfire season approaching this publication could not be timelier. Of course we have seen a number of excellent titles, particularly picture books, over the years but this truly is exceptional. This is the first vivid and gripping account of a wildfire told from the PoV of the fire itself.
Adam’s text moves from whimsical to urgent and as always Andrew Plant’s illustrations are stunning. What a superb combination!
In my opinion, this is a ‘must have’ for your collection and should be on your read aloud list for Term 4 as we gird our metaphorical loins for another Australian summer.
Highly recommended for readers from Prep upwards.
Sue Warren, Qld Teacher-Librarian, Just So Stories