Donna R. Wood's (@ButterflyPhinx) 5 Star review of Four Small Stones
I love stories about different cultures around the world. I have some
knowledge of the Aboriginal people, but not a lot. Four Small Stones was
an adventure into the lives of three brothers. The one thing that stood
out in the story to me was how Gary Taaffe beautifully illustrated boys
are boys, no matter where they are. Three young brothers engage in a
game of who is the better prankster as do many boys the world over. Set
in the Australian bush, Mr. Taaffe takes us through an engaging tale of
coming of age, rites of passage among brothers, and familial bonds that
cannot be broken. Overall the story was interesting and kept me reading
to the very end.
Due to some of the language and adult humor in
the book, I would not recommend the book for younger readers. For young
and older adults it is simply a delightful read. It is thought provoking
about the plight of the Aborigines, hysterically funny in parts, and
gives a unique view of the beauty of the Australian bush.