This is technically cheating but I had been studying this book with my year 6 students for the last 2 weeks, and today in class I had them write a book review. They both really enjoyed the book, so I chose one of their reviews to share.
“This book is great, but sad. It I about an Aboriginal kid named John Jagamarra. John had light-coloured skin and because of that, he was taken away from his mother at the age of 5. He was taken to Pearl Bay Mission to learn the white-man’s way.
I found this book interesting because I didn’t know how Aboriginals were treated back in the day. And I liked how John’s mum came up with the idea for the burnt stick.
I don’t usually read these types of books but I recommend it for everyone.”
My original review: It was slightly confusing, and considering it is aimed at primary aged kids, I think it may not be appropriate. There were a lot of metaphors in there, as is with the Aboriginal culture, which went straight over my head. I do think that it told a good story, one that is important for children to learn about. I just don't think it was told very well. Although it was a very quick read, I started and finished it within half an hour.
This is the review I wrote before I studied it with my students. Some of the information in it was a bit over their heads but they got the gist of it and ended up really enjoying it. How sad is it that an 11 year old kids review is better than mine?
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