This book was released last year, and I have just recently got to read it. But after the massive rainfall and flooding last summer and autumn in northern Victoria, this became a far more interesting read than it would have been during the drought.
Set on the banks of the Murray River just before the record breaking 1956 flood, this is the story of a young man who is generous enough to befriend the homeless who survive on the resources provided by the river. He takes responsibility for the old, the ill, and the forgotten souls that call the Murray their home. As the flood upstream gradually approaches, he tries his best to ensure that his friends have the best chance of survival.
This is a story of a time long gone. I wonder how relevant this book would be for children today. There isn’t a breath of ‘stranger danger’ or mistrust of adults and the elderly. I suppose there would be those who say this book has no place on the reading list of any child today because it encourages them to trust others. What a horrible idea!
But I was raised in a gentler age. And personally, I enjoyed this picture of a simpler time.