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Twelve-year-old Mary Wallace and her ten-year-old sister Jean survive the wreck of an ocean liner on its way to Australia and manage to make it to a seemingly deserted island in a lifeboat with four babies.
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Very imaginative and funny, December 19, 2001
Reviewer: E. G Melillo "gloriana" (London) - See all my reviews
I am delighted to see that this well-remembered childhood favourite is in print. I am of a generation where adolescent girls were very likely to be caring for babies, and "little mother" Mary and resourceful Jean are delightful characters.
This is by no means an "adventure" story, where danger lurks and survival requires hardihood - and that is why it is such relaxing entertainment. It is a bit of a spoof, obviously, in that solutions to every problem appear by magic; Jean, sad at losing her one silk dress, is comforted by Mary's picturing how sweet a baby whale would look in it; Mr Peterkin is all but a storybook character; the girls are never troubled by the memory of a shipwreck in which many may have died (the calm Mary merely says to the crew, "Will you please save us?")
It is an imaginative and fun book, half the fantasy of a magical world where whatever one needs appears on the spot, the other a warm look at responsibility and ingenuity.
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