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I Remember is an exquisite tale of memory. Set in the Geraldton area of Western Australia, an elderly woman remembers the camping trips of her childhood. As her recollections fade in and out, she is drawn to think about the elusiveness of what she can remember from so long ago.
Joanne Crawford moves away from a chronological narrative and skilfully conveys the excitement and anticipation of many camps. Packing up the family car, driving along dirt sand plains, stopping to marvel at wildflowers in bloom, baking damper, fishing, and listening to eerie sounds in the bush at night become memories that last a lifetime.
Kerry Anne Jordinson’s illustrations have an ephemeral quality as she offers a glimpse into the beauty of the storyteller, old and young, and her family adventures through the vast West Australian landscape.
"The delightful, transient memories of childhood camping holidays for an Aboriginal elder are brought to the present in this poignant story with evocative text and velvety illustrations."
CBCA Reading Time
"The gentleness of this story shows the reader just how important happy memories are to an ageing person and how much joy they can bring. It also shows just how important storytelling is – the sharing and listening to of stories brings people and places back to life and sheds light on how we can move forward."