Two Mates
32 pages
ISBN: 9781921248450

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Two Mates

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Melanie Prewett, Maggie Prewett Australian author

Two Mates is the true story of the special mateship between two young boys who have grown up together in the coastal town of Broome in Australia’s north-west. This simple picture book for young children with clear and lively illustrations, tells about the day-to-day activities of the two boys: together they search for hermit crabs, go hunting for barni, fish for salmon, explore the markets, eat satays and dress up as superheroes.

The story is based on the real-life friendship of Jack, who is Indigenous and Raf, who is non-Indigenous. The fact that Raf has spina bifida and is in a wheelchair is revealed only in the illustration at the end of the story. The book succeeds in demonstrating that physical disability need not be a barrier to friendship.

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