Plum Puddings and Paper Moons by Glenda Millard

Published by Pheonix Yard Books (ISBN 978-1907912313)

Plum Puddings and Paper Moons is the fifth installment in a series entitled The Kingdom of Silk; each tome focuses one member of the Silk household, an Australian family who lead a Bohemian and selfless life on their  farm. In this installment we join the family as they prepare to celebrate Christmas in their own special way. Meanwhile Scarlet, the eldest daughter, has got herself a part-time job at the Colour Patch Café where she has met a new friend, Anik. When he opens up about why he has fled his war-torn country, Scarlet, in true Silk tradition, decides to take action, and declares a day of Peace not only for Cameron’s Creek, but for the world over.

A story full of kindness and compassion, with a very positive message about the true meaning of Christmas, Plum Puddings and Paper Moons highlights some very serious themes while remaining accessible for young readers. Anik’s country may be nameless in the story, but it could easily be so many countries in the world, and is sadly very current. It is a perfect compassionate read to introduce young children to the pleas of refugees, as well as demonstrating that the smallest acts of kindness  can make a real difference to people.