Matthew Flinders was determined to complete the map of the coast of the continent we now call Australia. His maps are so accurate some are still in use today.
His story is packed to the gunwales with adventure – storms and shipwrecks, death and danger, an exciting race to beat the French – but more than this, it is a story of loyalty to his crew, love for his wife, and affection for the brave little cat who sailed with him.
“Children’s narrative nonfiction has come a long way since I was a child. Carole Wilkinson’s new book about the intrepid Matthew Flinders is a fine example of how enjoyable and instructive books in this genre can be … This is an excellent book for primary-schoolers, and for adults too.”
“The child-centred information and accompanying illustration carry much of the details of the everyday of the time extending the text that is in itself a testament to the author’s and illustrator’s perspicuity in choice of events that will best carry the historical import of the explorations undertaken by Flinders. There is much to learn from this book and it deserves a wide readership.”