Fireworks captured my heart with its warm tale about five young Australian animals who journey across the land during the 2019 bushfires. Not only did this book tell a heroic adventure, which these cubs experience, but it also wrapped the story with historical facts.
Surprisingly, it brought back many of the emotions I felt when my home was impacted by the fierce fires, and it gave me insight into what our beautiful native wildlife had to endure. The tale was written in classics folklore style with Illuka - the koala capturing the attention of the young cubs.
Creating words of suspense, FireWorks brought forth an overwhelming sadness for the native animals/plants. I think not many people would have realised this moral as most Australians were too busy trying to save their own homes.
It’s a perfect story for all ages!
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FireWorks Paperback – 4 March 2021
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- Publisher : Moutain Blue Publishing (4 March 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0648332047
- ISBN-13 : 978-0648332046
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.65 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 262,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A fun and educational read!Reviewed in the United States on 25 May 2021
Smuhar pens a fun children's story in FireWorks. One thing I do want to mention is that, "Majority of FireWorks' net proceeds will be donated to a variety of charities and non-government organizations across Australia through the FireWorks' Fund (FWF)." Anyway, I felt that was important to mention. I have read work from this author before, and I really enjoyed it. The characters, a group of animal friends led by Illuka band together to survive the bushfires. It's an educational and also fun read, that takes on a serious note, because though these animals are fictional, the events are not. "Alinta had arrived. Alinta! ... You could feel the heat the moment the red and orange sparked behind the gums. You could smell the vapours of the leaves sizzle ..." When it comes to survival, family can mean anything, and welcomes anyone. I look forward to reading many more stories by this author. This book is a definite recommendation by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews.