Author(s): Alison Lester (Illustrator)
Ernie says goodbye to his friends Rosie, Frank, Tessa, Nicky, Clive, and Celeste, and promises to write to them. He flies over the desert and crosses the floodplains and the East Alligator River to his new home in Arnhem Land in the Australian outback, where he will live for a year while his parents work in a hospital there.
Ernie writes to each friend about a different season Kudjewk, Bangekerreng, Yekke, Wurrkeng, Kurrung, or Kurnumeleng explaining what that time of year brings and revealing the exciting things that he and his new friends are doing. Back home, his six old friends share what they have learned and try some of the activities of the Australian outback.
Alison Lester is one of Australia s most popular children s authors and illustrators. She began illustrating children s books after she had her first child, and today has illustrated more than 25 books for children. Alison has won several awards for her writing and illustrating, including the 1989 CBC Honour Book Award for The Journey Home, and Best Designed Children s Book for Rosie Sips Spiders. When Frank Was Four reached number one in the bestseller list and was also a CBC Notable Book. Alison lives on a farmlet in rural Victoria with her husband and their three children. Previous Books: Isabella s Bed, The Journey Home, Ruby, Clive Eats Alligators, Tessa Snaps Snakes, Rosie Sips Spiders, When Frank Was Four, Celeste Sails to Spain, the Thing series (with Robin Klein)