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Wilam [a Birrarung Story] – Aunty Joy Murphy & Andrew Kelly with illustrations by Lisa Kennedy

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Walker Books

April 2019

ISBN: 9781925381764
Imprint: Black Dog Books
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99

For the many readers who loved Welcome to Country and those who are committed to developing a quality collection of First Australian resources, this is a superb addition to your shelves.

The text along with the richly detailed illustrations offers readers a glimpse of one day in the life of the Birrarung (Yarra) river. The many beautiful renditions and mentions of native flora and fauna that inhabit the river’s environs create a vivid and colourful experience for the reader. The inclusion of many words in language (clearly elucidated both in meaning and pronunciation in a glossary) does not hinder the natural flow of the words but rather makes it all the more lyrical.

I cannot emphasise enough how this picture book simply bursts with life and the complete affinity with country that is held close by our First Australians. As some of you know my own family are proud Wiradjuri people and my daughters are very committed to raising the grandchildren with pride in their heritage. This does not preclude the sharing of other language groups’ culture and country. Promoting the understanding between our cultures is paramount to developing the much-needed empathy and acceptance we hope to grow in our young people.

Highly recommended for all readers from prep upwards.

Welcome to Country – Aunty Joy Murphy & Lisa Kennedy

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Walker Books Australia

ISBN: 9781922244871
Imprint: BLACK DOG BOOKS
Distributor: Harper Collins Distribution Services for Australia and New Zealand

Release Date: August 1, 2016

RRP $24.99

Readers of this blog will already be aware of my passion for our Indigenous creators. As a proud mother and grandmother of Wiradjuri kids I particularly appreciate being able to share so many aspects of both traditional and contemporary First Australian culture.

This book is just beautiful – simply stunning. Aunty Joy Murphy is an Elder of the Wurundjeri People and her text provides an embracing and generous welcome into the culture of her community. An experienced and well-respected consultant to government bodies in Victoria, this is her first book.

Welcome to the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri People. We are part of this land and the land is part of us. This is where we come from. Wominjeka Wurundjeri balluk yearmenn koondee bik. Welcome to Country.

I have observed that while many Australians are now well used to a ‘Welcome to Country’ at gatherings, there are few who understood the ‘why’ or ‘how’ of this. This is just one aspect explained in this text.

The fabulous and atmospheric illustrations by Indigenous artist Lisa Kennedy provide a perfect backdrop to the text as the book outlines simply and accessibly various aspects of the Wurundjeri People’s history and place.

If you are seeking books which will offer a rich experience for cross-cultural studies, this is a marvellous addition to your collection. It will certainly be used in my forthcoming unit of inquiry with the lower school girls.

Highly recommended for sharing throughout all primary classes.