Jan Ormerod is the acclaimed illustrator of more than 50 books for children. She lives in England.
"A warmhearted snippet of time when a family overcame the hardships
of Australian pioneer life to make a home." KIRKUS, starred Kirkus
"Ormerod's observant eye and loving perspective on family life are everywhere evident...A charming portrayal of mother/daughter affection." HORN BOOK Horn Book
"The text is simple yet evocative, emphasizing the parent-child relationship, while the skillfully rendered watercolors bring the unique setting to life." SLJ School Library Journal
"Strikingly illustrated...Just right for reading aloud....A poignant title that extends the pioneer story beyond the American plains." BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA
"Ormerod's artistic vision perfectly complements her subject of a harsh pioneer landscape hazed over by a wonder-soaked imagination." BCCB Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books