Where the Heart Is


Written by Irma Gold, published by EK, 2021

Where the Heart Is was inspired by the extraordinary true story of a sick Magellanic penguin washed up on an island beach near Rie de Janeiro. He was rescued by a man called Joao, who nursed him back to health and unwittingly formed a lifelong friendship.


Poignant, moving, funny and heartfelt, Dindim and Joao's story is a celebration of friendship and nature. It explores the deep bond that can form between humans and animals, and encourages children to think more about the incredible animals who share out world.


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Head to NEWS to watch Duchess Sarah Ferguson read Where the Heart Is on 'Storytime with Fergie and Friends'!


Marjorie Lewis-Jones from South Sydney Herald - July 2021

Stephanie Owen Reeder from Canberra Times - July 2021

Shaye Wardrop from Kids' Book Review - June 2021

Barbie Robinson from Living Arts Canberra - June 2021


What a beautiful, beautiful book.

- Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York


Where the Heart Is offers insights into the comfort to be found in friendship, and the strong bonds that can form between humans and animals. A rare bird of a book: light and deep in equal measure.

- South Sydney Herald

Crispe's artwork has strong child appeal, with the delightful Dindim exhibiting the full gamut of emotions... There is pathos, sentiment, adventure, danger and solace in this charming book about the strength of friendship and the power of kindness and caring.

- Canberra Times

"Irma Gold pulls you right into the emotion of this true story with a retelling that tugs on heart strings and inspires bravery and caring for others...  With stunning illustrations by debut illustrator Susannah Crispe, Joao and Dindim come alive... A beautiful story to share at home, and equally as perfect to explore as a class, Where the Heart Is is a powerful and joyful tale that proves friendship and love know no distance."

- Kids' Book Review

"This book is a perfect example of the capacity of the picture book to both enchant and inform us... Evocatively illustrated by Susannah Crispe and skilfully told in words by Irma Gold, this story is indeed one that both touches our hearts and intrigues us."

- Living Arts Canberra