My chores are all done,” Jiemba says breathless. “What’s all this squawking? Let’s get cracking and go throw some boomerang.” Jiemba is ready for an Outback adventure with his animal friends, but when Samson, a grouchy crocodile, gets a hold of their boomerang, what will Jiemba and friends do? Children and adults will adore this beautifully illustrated story, showcasing the traits of friendship and respect within the setting of Australia's Outback. Key vocabulary words are defined throughout to provide cultural context and the underlying message of empathy and compassion can't be missed. Scott Ziemer and Mariah Ziemer, a debut father-daughter team, drew inspiration for this book from their travels in Australia. The unique water color illustrations pay homage to the intricate dot paintings prevalent in many Australian Aboriginal groups. The bright pages, likable characters, the glossary of Australian terms, and the clever story of friendship, will launch this “Down Under” adventure to the top of your reading list.