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The Old Frangipani Tree at Flying Fish Point is a delightful story set in the small Queensland town of Flying Fish Point in the 1950s. When a young girl has nothing to wear to the school's annual fancy dress carnival, she enlists the help of her family and has surprising results. This is an encouraging tale of overcoming the social expectations that sometimes hold us back from success. It's a story of true community spirit based on the experiences of the author's mother. A stunning illustrative debut from Maggie Prewett, who captures this heart-warming tale with her evocative illustrations.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781921248603
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Book Review: Old Frangipani Tree at Flying Fish Point by Trina Saffioti - Reviewed by Boomert (14 Jan 2010)
‘Long ago when my mother was a child, there was an enormous frangipani tree that grew in the town of Flying Fish Point.’ Settle down for some traditional story-telling from Trina Saffioti accompanied by Maggie Prewett’s vibrant, lush illustrations. This is the story of eight-year-old Faithy and an old, gnarly frangipani tree. Faithy-girl goes to a fancy dress party dressed in a simple sarong made from her great aunt Trina’s bed sheets. She is adorned by her female relatives in a crown and lei of frangipani. When she wins the fancy dress prize granny says, ‘no-one can resist a girl who wears frangipani from that old tree.’ Many of Prewett’s pictures are dominated by the magnificent old tree with its twisted, almost tortured boughs and its verdant foliage and blossoms. Saffioti’s prose has a timelessness that blends seamlessly with Prewett’s illustrations to evoke the spirit of our tropical north. There is a gentle, reminiscing style to the story. Even if you have never experienced the sights and smells of a street filled with flowering frangipani, you will feel as if you are there. The magic of the pictures and traditional feel of the story ensure that this picture book will enhance storytime in many settings.
Trina Saffioti is an author and a descendant of the Gugu Yulangi people of North Queensland. Maggie Prewett is an illustrator whose paintings and ink drawings are held in collections throughout Australia.
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