Tuesday 23 June 2015

Flying High

Flying High by Sally Morgan & Ezekiel Kwaymullina, illustrated by Craig Smith (Omnibus Books for Scholastic)
PB RRP $9.99
ISBN 978-1-74299-070-5

Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

Larni has trouble at school with her reading and writing. It makes her feel dumb and she thinks that she cannot do anything well. But these holidays she is flying north to stay with her grandparents and Larni is very excited about this visit and being away from school. While she is there, Gran teaches Larni to do something she is very good at.
Flying High is the latest title in a series based on indigenous characters, families and cultures. Each title explores familiar themes and situations which all children, not only those with an indigenous background, will relate to. These two authors cleverly create stories which are firmly based in indigenous culture, yet are still universal in theme and content.
Close and loving family bonds are central to the story as Larni slowly learns that she does have her own unique skills. Her confidence grows throughout the book. The characters are strong and appealing and the soft illustrations help to tell the story and enhance the subtle humour which makes theis story all the more unique.
Flying High is a warm and entertaining chapter book which is very readable for early primary children and contains plenty to hold the attention of the slightly older middle grade readers.

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