Stories for Simon by Lisa Miranda Sarzin and Illustrated by Lauren Briggs.
This story speaks of love and understanding, it speaks of a time past and a time present coming together. Stories for Simon shows us that we are all part of this big world and together we can all help healing to take place.
Stories for Simon is a truly beautiful story about healing the past and working together for a brighter future.
When a young boy named Simon receives a Boomerang in the post from his uncle little does he know that the paper that wraps the Boomerang carries a message to the Stolen generations of Australia.
With his teacher and mother’s help he learns what saying sorry means.
But it is through an unexpected friendship that Simon really understands the meaning of saying sorry.
This is a wonderful story of friendship, understanding of different cultures and reconciliation. The illustrations add to the cultural dimension of this story – both Indigenous dreamtime and the horrifying aspects of the stolen generation. Children will love looking at the illustrations as they read Stories for Simon as they add warmth and acknowledgment to each of the characters and their role within the story.
Stories for Simon will help readers to understand why saying sorry is so important, why the healing process will take a long time and why we need to continue to work towards a better future for the Indigenous people of Australia.
All royalties from this book go towards the GO foundation (Goodes & O’Loughlin) which supports creating opportunities for Indigenous Youth through education.
So what can you do?
- Read this story! Discuss what saying sorry means in your own words.
- Pair this book with Welcome to Country.
- If you have time – watch the sorry speech by Kevin Rudd.
- What do you think the stones meant?
- Where do you think this famous beach is?
- Create your own Sorry cloud for Reconciliation week – just like the sorry stones. What do you think we can do to make Australia a better place for everyone?
- There is a forward by Vic Simms, an elder of the Bidjigal nation. Research the different nations of Australia.