On the Wing review

Matica’s predicament turns into her greatest gift, February 4, 2015


Uvi Poznansky

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This review is from: Talon, On the Wing (Kindle Edition)

Talon, on the Wing is the second book of the Talon series, and it is also the place where an incredible thing happens: the predicament of the main character—her fate to remain small in size—turns out to be her most valuable gift, as it allows her to soar on the wings of her beloved Talon, up and away into exciting adventures.

This idea is a source of hope for all of us, and a wonderfully uplifting lesson to teach our children, who are constantly pressured to measure up to some artificially set challenges, rather than finding their own gifts and using them in a unique way. That is what little Matica accomplishes in this story, and it allows her to be accepted: “The Indians … Clapped their hands in wild appreciation and admiration. They cheered and whistled…. Matica’s face began to flush as the only thought that went through her mind: “they have all accepted me, truly and really, and do believe me.”

Throughout the story, we learn about the behaviour of condors in a manner that is both loving and intimate. “She watched Talon how he listened with tilted head and closed eyes, rocking himself to the music. She was so happy that she had found something Talon loved.”

Five Stars.


About Gigi Sedlmayer

Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer was born on 19 May 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin in Germany. Her family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. They moved around in Germany until finally settling in Munich where Gigi studied architectural drafting and met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967. She worked as a civil draftsperson in various private consultancies in Munich. Since her uncle was a writer, she tried to write short animal stories herself. Nothing further came of it, but she developed a love for the written word and started to consume books. In May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handicraft business. As a specialty, she made colourful parrots of which she sold thousands in a few years. In 1988, they decided to adopt and became adoptive parents of twin girls the year after. They lived in New Zealand for eighteen years and moved to Australia in September 1992. Two years later Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. After operations and radiation, she withdrew, thinking that she would probably soon be dead, like her friend who died of cancer, but her two little girls gave her the courage to keep going. After a few years, still among the living, her brain started to work again, so she thought, 'Get a grip on yourself and do something good with your life'. She remembered the time she wrote short stories and got inspired again, seeing her husband Albert writing the story of their adoption. Her English became increasingly better so she pressed on to develop her creative writing. Albert taught her how to use a computer and she wrote many short stories. She entered them in competitions and often got very good reports back, which gave her confidence to go on writing. One day the idea for the TALON series came to her and she spent the next several years bringing the story and the characters to life. She now loves writing and spends most of her time at the computer, developing new story lines. She also loves travelling, 4x4 touring, swimming, gardening, handcrafting, reading, fossicking and enjoys good adventure DVD's or going to the movies.
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2 Responses to On the Wing review

  1. Congrats & Best Wishes, Gigi! Shared with ❤


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