Talon, Come Fly with Me reviews



5An Endearing Contemporary Tale!

ByBette A. Stevenson 30 January 2015

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Talon, Come Fly with Me is an endearing contemporary tale set in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Matica, a young girl in a missionary family, is lonely and sad when she is shunned and looked down upon by the native villagers. Matica longs for friends who will accept her as she is, a child who will never grow to be ‘normal’ in size and different from them in many ways. When Matica befriends a condor, an endangered and strange looking bird, her life begins to change. I became part of an Andean village as Sedlmayer’s tale introduced me to Matica’s condors and drew me in to her trials and triumphs along the way. Children and adults are sure to enjoy this educational adventure. I look forward to reading more in the series.




I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to early readers, January 23, 2015


Werner Stejskal “Stesi”

This review is from: Talon, Come Fly with Me (Kindle Edition)

Did you ever want to fly on a Condor? Matica is the lucky girl in this lovely series who can do just that. She is living in the Andes of South America and experiences exciting adventures. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to early readers.



All ages will love this tale of friendship and love and acceptance of …, January 17, 2015


Jjspina “Award-winning author with children’s books, Louey the Lazy Elephant and Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, copy editor.”

This review is from: Talon, Come Fly with Me (Kindle Edition)

Talon is an entertaining and heart-warming story about a young girl who has a medical problem which prevents her from growing normally for her age. Because of this medical issue she is not accepted by other children and has to deal with ridicule and being an outcast. Matica finds it difficult to adjust to this new home that her parents, who are missionaries, have moved to with the family from Australia to Pucara in Peru to work with the Indians in the area, most of whom are illiterate. Matica is lonely and notices a couple of condors flying around her new home who she befriends. Some surprising events unfold that no one expected even Matica.

This is a lovely story that will capture your heart and hold tight to your emotions. All ages will love this tale of friendship and love and acceptance of differences. I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful tale and eagerly look forward to reading the next book in the series.



An adventure filed with many surprises and lessons!, January 10, 2015


Deanie Humphrys-Dunne “Deanie Humphrys-Dunne”

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This review is from: Talon, Come Fly with Me (Kindle Edition)

“Talon, Come Fly With Me” is an exciting adventure, filled with several important life lessons. Matica is a little girl who lives in a remote village of Peru. She has a condition that prevents her from growing. Her small size keeps Matica from being accepted by the local people. Matica is sad because she has no human friends. But she has amazing condor friends. She protects her feathered friends and even communicates with them. You’ll be astonished at what they do together and how things evolve during the course of the story. Readers will certainly enjoy it and learn a great deal along their journey. I highly recommend this story!
Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne


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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