For twenty years Tom Kruse was the mailman on the Birdsville Track, battling the heat, floods and mechanical breakdowns in his trusty truck. This CBCA Award-winning story is now part of LOTHIAN AUSTRALIAN FAVOURITES, a collection of the very best Australian picture books.
Tom Kruse was a real Australian hero. He delivered the mail to outback stations and towns all along the Birdsville Track. It was a tough job, but Tom was even tougher, making sure that the mail got through no matter what.
Based on her bestselling book, MAILMAN OF THE BIRDSVILLE TRACK, Kristin Weidenbach has written a lively, engaging version for younger readers, capturing the humour, excitement and ingenuity of a classic slice of Australia's fast-vanishing history. Timothy Ide is a South Australian illustrator with a genuine feel for the beauty and hardship of life in the Australian outback.
The Winner of the 2013 CBCA Book of the Year, Eve Pownall Category, TOM THE OUTBACK MAILMAN is now part of LOTHIAN AUSTRALIAN FAVOURITES, a collection of the very best Australian picture books.
This book is a tribute to an everyday Aussie. The illustrations are of earthy colours with native animals, and the clever text wrapping catches the eye - COURIER-MAIL
Ideal for children in their first few years of primary school - OUTBACK MAGAZINE
will make an excellent addition to any library and private collection - MAGPIES MAGAZINE
Kristin Weidenbach became a writer after completing postdoctoral research at Stanford University in the United States. She has won several international awards for her writing and her articles have appeared in SCIENCE, AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC and academic publications. She is the author of THE MAILMAN OF THE BIRDSVILLE TRACK and the children's picture book, TOM THE OUTBACK MAILMAN, illustrated by Timothy Ide, and winner of the Eve Pownall Book of the Year Award, 2013.