When Lisa and Lauren (who are long-time friends) heard the National Apology to the Stolen Generations in 2008, they felt deeply moved and compelled to teach their children about what happened to the Stolen Generations and to remind their children that everyone has a part to play in creating a respectful, harmonious and inclusive society.
It became obvious to Lisa and Lauren that a picture book would be the perfect way to transform big social issues into a story that they could share with their children. So Lisa wrote the story and Lauren created the illustrations. Encouraging them along the way has been Vic Simms, a Bidjigal elder from La Perouse, who believes strongly in the book. To quote from his Foreword, “This story speaks of love and understanding and the coming together of two cultures. Unless this meeting of cultures starts in children’s minds, we can never have true reconciliation.”