Tuesday 30 April 2019
Review: The Little Stowaway
Tim tried to help the boy find his remaining family in France, but, due to the ravages of war, no family could be found. Tim wrote to his wife in Australia saying he wanted to adopt the boy into their family.
When the war ended, to avoid being sent to an orphanage, Honoré began a long journey to Australia, as a stowaway, hidden in an oat sack.
Vicki Bennett's narrative takes us into this time, through the eyes of the child, as we sense the war raging around him, whilst still having hope in his heart.
The dedication acknowledges Tim's granddaughter and her family, and the Australian War Memorial, and thanks them for their generosity of time and advice and access to information and original photographs, which validate the authenticity of this story.
These treasured photographs are beautifully incorporated into Tull Suwannakit's illustrations, which feature dusty-brown nostalgic tones, with a hint of colour, taking us back in time to a world at war, counterbalanced with the reminder that there is always hope and love.
Title: The Little Stowaway
Author: Vicki Bennett
Illustrator: Tull Suwannakit
Publisher: Scholastic, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 March 2018
For ages: 3 - 7
Type: Picture Book