Found by Bruce Pascoe & Charmaine Ledden-Lewis

Found starts with a frightened calf in the Australian outback; he can’t find his family. The calf is very quickly found by a man, who picks him up and pushes him into the back of a cattle truck full of other distressed-looking cows. The calf quickly escapes, but as the truck drives off the calf realises the man has stolen his mother. Alone again, the calf wanders the country, finding animals similar to him but not the same, until, finally, he hears a distant moo. The calf calls out and his mother responds, allowing the calf to follow the calls until he is safely back with his mother and family.

Found is a very gentle introduction to a very difficult and painful part of our nation’s history, the Stolen Generations. It’s aided by the beautiful illustrations of Charmaine Ledden-Lewis, who does a wonderful job of capturing the stunning colours of the Australian outback. For ages 3+.

Dani Solomon is the assistant manager at Readings Kids.

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Bruce Pascoe, Charmaine Ledden-Lewis

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