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Various: Donkeys can't fly on planes: stories of survival from South Sudanese refugee children living in Australia.

** VARIOUS Donkeys can't fly on planes. stories of survival from South Sudanese refugee children living in Australia Kids Own Pub, 2012 unpaged $20 pbk + p&h ISBN 9780987429032


Abraham Maluk and Abraham Malual were among the Lost Boys of Sudan. Now they are adults and Australian citizens. When they returned to visit Bor, their village, they found orphan children building their own classroom from mud and grass and the older children, using sticks to draw on the ground, trying to teach the younger ones. The proceeds from sales of this wonderful collection of twenty-five autobiographical stories help the Bor Orphanage and Community Education Project.

The first story, by Sunday Garang, tells about her donkey, Steven. Even when the family were starving Sunday could ride her donkey, by her own special short cut, to get water for the people of her village but she had to leave him behind with her grandmother when she flew to Australia. Another story, by Nyawech Biliew, tells the story of the little black cat she found but had to leave behind with her big sister and Grandma when she came to Australia. There have been so many family members left behind in these stories. There are stories about celebrations and customs, but the importance of family members predominates.

The children, whose names are listed at the beginning, have created fascinating felt and paper collages to illustrate each story. A number of staff members from the Latrobe English Language Centre and Liddiard Road Primary School deserve commendation for the high quality story telling and illustrations the children have been encouraged to produce. Absolutely Recommended.

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** Book by an Australian author or illustrator

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[a] An outstanding book of its kind as recommended by the reviewer

[b] An outstanding New Zealand book of its kind as recommended by the reviewer

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Author:Cameron, Elspeth
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Date:Nov 1, 2013
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