I’m doing it again. Introducing a book by Margot Finke! You can read about Margot Finke’s author interview here. And I have written about her one of her other books, Down Under Calling here. No, she is not a stranger on my blog. She has written a slew of guest blog posts for me, including how to do skype author visits. And how to hook a reader from the first sentence. So no, she is rather like an old friend coming to visit.
So I would like to talk about this new book by Margot Finke like she IS the old friend that she is.
Dreamtime Man is part children’s picture book and part interesting information for adults making this appropriate for all ages. There are resources for those interested in pursuing more information. I can’t wait till it is out in print. I think it will be so much more readable and more child friendly. I understand the Kindle version will have pop ups for kiddos with explanations of Australian terms. Wish I had read this edition but even here in PDF form the illustrations are awesome.
The art is astonishing and by far the most beautiful I have seen in a long time. The illustrator, Ioana Zdralea, did a fantastic job. The vibrant colors just jump off the page. I am interested in knowing what medium she used because the book is worth reading twice just for seeing the art again.
Dreamtime Man is the story of the aboriginal people in Australia and their spiritual, philosophical belief and how it was destroyed by the white man. Somewhat like the Native American’s. I think the rhyme in this book is symbolic of the dreamtime of the aboriginals.
Even though the subject is a tough one, Margot Finke does an excellent job of portraying the way the Aboriginal People lived for those 50,000 years before the white men came. . .and how they eventually recovered.
It makes me so sad to think a whole culture was almost all destroyed. But this is no sadder than what happened to the Native American Indian. Margot Finke has portrayed and saved a tiny bit of this beautiful culture in her book, Dreamtime Man. You can see this review on Amazon and good reads when it comes out and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
NOTE: It will be a couple of weeks before Dreamtime Man is published and up on Amazon
YOU could put it this way:
The aboriginals themselves, and their culture, were badly
damaged by the white man—right up into the twentieth century. Yet slowly, through courage, education and perseverance, the Dreamtime Man of Australia is thriving once more.
Margot? What was your favorite part in writing this book?
This story has been simmering away inside my head for a long time. I think the two verses that go with the Dreamtime Spirit Rising, in the centerfold, sums it up for me—plus the fact that the aboriginal tribes have regained their own pride, status, and place in the Land Down Under.
What made you publish it through Createspace rather than Kindle Direct or KDP? Was it because this way you do get a print copy?
Two of my young teen books ( Down Under Calling and The Revenge of Thelma Hill) were published through CreateSpace, and I was very happy with the results. They are also both available for Kindle.
However, Dreamtime Man will be my first Kindle picture book—the new KKB (Kindle Kid Book) that allows you to add pop–ups for extra details. I have not yet decided what other Kindle or CreateSpace promotional offerings I will add.
So it will be available in soft cover (CreateSpace), and KKB for Kindle Readers.
Margot Finkes bio next.
Author Margot Finke is an Aussie transplant. She now lives in Oregon, USA, with her husband, grown children and grandchildren. Since her childhood, reading has always been a Magic Carpet Ride for Margot — fun, adventure, and things to
discover. With 13 books already published, she is determined to HOOK kids on reading. She does this by offering FREE Skype Author visits to schools and libraries, and by helping new authors write tight and terrific books children will love.
Margot’s Magic Carpet of BOOKS
Clara. I thought my synopsis might be of help.
In DREAMTIME MAN, Margot Finke’s lyrical rhyming verses take children and adults back in time, to how Australian Aboriginal tribes lived for tens of thousands of years. Their belief in the Dreamtime shaped their lives. What happened to these vibrant tribes when they first came in contact with white settlers had tragic consequences. The white man spread disaster and misery. Their culture and way of life was forever changed. Illustrator Ioana Zdralea has perfectly captured the essence of the Dreamtime Spirits, and the bush and outback areas of Australia where the aboriginals thrived. *Suggested reading range: 8 and up.
Thanks so much, Margot, for honoring me yet again by letting me feature you on my blog. I Loved Dreamtime Man and hope many
others will , too, when it comes out on Amazon.
READERS! When we started writing comments Margot wrote this:
My humble thanks to Clara for including Dreamtime Man + an interview, on her most prestigious blog. And thanks also to Darlene, Patricia and Diane, for their kind words. I have a NEW SURPRISE for all who read Clar’s blog. . . a link to where they can hear me reading the whole “Dreamtime Man” story:http://myplace.frontier.com/~mfinke/index.html#Dreamtime
This is especially for kids to hear.
So now we can all go to that site and listen to Margot reading the whole story and getting it all for ourselves and children. Thanks so very much, Margot! This is indeed a great treat. 🙂
Readers and friends, thanks so much for reading this review and comments from Margot. I hope you enjoyed it.