Set of 4 Australian Story Books -Sea Country, Alfred's War, Brother Moon & Found
SEA COUNTRY - In this delightful children’s picture book, Aunty Patsy Cameron generously shares the stories and traditions from her family’s seasonal island life in Tasmania. With evocative text and stunning illustrations, Sea Country lets the reader know when to pick ripe wild cherries, when the moon (mutton) birds fly home and how the nautilus shells smell like the deepest oceans.
Age range 0 to 9
Summer is the season
for ripening wild cherries,
The canygong fruits taste like salty strawberries.
Aunty Patsy Cameron, who is a descendant of the Pairebeenne Trawlwoolway clan in Tasmania, weaves a cultural homage to life on Flinder’s Island, with stories of collecting shells, fishing in wooden dinghies with long oars, and watching clouds snake their way down Mt Munro. Alongside this tender story, Lisa Kennedy reveals the love and connection to sea and Country through her intricate collages and delicate illustrations that sing country alive.
ALFRED'S WAR - ( Hardcover)Alfred's War is a powerful story that unmasks the lack of recognition given to Australian Indigenous servicemen who returned from the WWI battlelines.
Shortlisted for the 2020 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Indigenous Writers' Prize
Age range 3 to 10
Alfred was just a young man when he was injured and shipped home from France. Neither honoured as a returned soldier or offered government support afforded to non-Indigenous servicemen, Alfred took up a solitary life walking the back roads – billy tied to his swag, finding work where he could.Alfred was a forgotten soldier. Although he had fought bravely in the Great War, as an Aboriginal man he wasn't classed as a citizen of his own country. Yet Alfred always remembered his friends in the trenches and the mateship they had shared. Sometimes he could still hear the never-ending gunfire in his head and the whispers of diggers praying. Every year on ANZAC Day, Alfred walked to the nearest town, where he would quietly stand behind the people gathered and pay homage to his fallen mates.Rachel Bin Salleh's poignant narrative opens our hearts to the sacrifice and contribution that Indigenous people have made to Australia's war efforts, the true extent of which is only now being revealed. 'Every year sees a swell of new stories about ANZAC Day and Alfred's War is my pick of 2018's crop…It's a poignant story, one rooted in truth, and a damning critique of Australian history. Rachel Bin Salleh skilfully renders some tough subjects accessible for young readers, without ever ignoring the reality of Alfred's situation. The beautiful images from first-time illustrator Samantha Fry also help to soften the sharper edges of this tale.' — Bronte Coates, Readings'Poignant and confronting, revealing and decisive, this beautifully rendered story provides a fundamental link for children of any creed and background to appreciate the sacrifices and contributions made by indigenous people in the shaping of our Australian history.' — The Boomerang Books Blog'a beautifully illustrated book...poignant and subtle, its emotional power heightened by its restraint...There is a delicate, dreamlike-quality to the watercolour illustrations by Samantha Fry, an indigenous artist from Darwin.' — Rosemary Neill, The Weekend Australian'In the lead-up to Anzac Day (April 25), our TV screens and news outlets will be covering dawn services and marches so it is crucial children have some understanding of the day's significance….Alfred's War is particularly poignant due to its Indigenous lens and a story not often told.' — Laura Jones, South Sydney Herald'The beautifully presented picture book tells younger readers the story of Alfred… Rachel Bin Salleh's sparse words give a dignity to the injustices raised by her story… this book adds a new story to the pantheon of tales children read, allowing them to think about the way some people were treated in the past, while encouraging them to mull over how things could and should have been different.' — Fran Knight, ReadPlus
BROTHER MOON - (Hardcover)Brother Moon is a powerful story lovingly told by a great-grandfather to his great-grandson. Beneath the dark sky of the Northern Territory, Hippy-Boy is captivated when Great-Grandpa Liman tells him the mysterious story of his brother and how it guides his connection to Country.
*Shortlisted for the 2021 Environment Award for Children's Literature: Picture Fiction*
Great-Grandpa Liman lives in a small house by the sea. There are no lights — just stars as far as the eye can see. Great-Grandpa is a masterful storyteller and, as the tale unfolds, he finally reveals his brother is the moon — a wonder of the universe. Hippy-Boy learns how his greatgrandfather uses the phases of the moon when he goes hunting and fishing, and why it is important for us all to have an understanding of the natural world.Liman (Harry Morgan), the author's grandfather, was a respected Wadjigany man — a leader amongst his people and the community. Liman was born at Manjimamany in the Northern Territory in 1916. He was a canoe maker, hunter, community mediator, and a family man who lived off the land and travelled the seas. Liman spoke Batjamalh, his first language, and other languages from the Daly River area.
FOUND - ( Hardcover)This gentle story set in the rugged Australian bush is about a small calf who becomes separated from his family. The little calf is alone and simply wants his mother, sisters and brothers. He can see other animals, and after running to the river, manages to ask some horses if they are his family. The calf's family have been taken away in the back of a noisy truck. So begins the little calf's journey to find his family.
Age range 0-8
Winner of the Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award
In Found : (Hardcover)we share the calf's point of view in an evocative story, accompanied by stunning illustrations. 'Found is a softened and cautiously optimistic version of a disgraceful history that must not be forgotten: the Stolen Generations. Charmaine Ledden-Lewis' rich illustrations in the deep, bold colours of the Australian desert never let us forget where we are and whose story this is...Using animals to analogise human stories is a tried and true way to make complex events and ideas accessible for young children, and this is no exception.' — Anica Boulanger-Mashberg, Books + Publishing