Review by V. Sridhar for TALON, COME FLY WITH ME
This short story connects immediately to kids with its conversational tone. Matica is a girl who has grown up to be 9 years of age but physically is small. This leads her to feel isolated in her immediate circle. To add to the complexity, her parents – missionaries – relocate from Australia to South America to stay among the Indians.
Matica comes in contact with a pair of Condors – majestic birds which are close to extinction. She manages to develop a close bond with the birds and helps them through their travails when poachers try stealing their egg. In this attempt, Matica gets a huge round of admiration from the local Indians and is invited to various schools to share her story.
This narrative is a great example of story telling where the reader can bond with the main characters and get to understand issues like environment, conservation and diversity.
Full Disclosure : I had been provided a copy of the book by the author for an unconditional review (and I am glad I got to read her work)