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My Country

by Ezekiel Kwaymullina with illustrations by Sally Morgan

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Illustrator
Sally Morgan
About the Book

Best-selling author and internationally renowned artist Sally Morgan teams up with Ezekiel Kwaymullina for a story celebrating country. A gorgeous new picture book in simple, lyrical prose and vibrant colour.

‘The book was inspired by my Nana and Gran, who passed on their love of country to me. When I wrote the book I imagined what it would have been like for them as little girls, playing in their country without a care in the world. At the same time, I wanted to encourage self esteem in Indigenous youth as I feel Australia is in need of more Indigenous heroes. Because all heroes begin as children with a dream, hopefully books like this one bring them closer to that dream’ — Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Praise for the book
‘It’s a must for all libraries. ****’ — Good Reading Magazine

‘This is a book every Aussie child should read.’ — Sunday Times

‘… a loving and jubilant celebration of Australia, depicting the landscape as a diverse, bountiful and welcoming playground … Morgan and Kwaymullina’s text is outstanding—lively yet lyrical. This is an excellent introduction to the important concepts of nationality and belonging, while the underlying journey from morning to night also makes for a soothing bedtime read.’ — Junior Bookseller+Publisher

My Country, … is both enchanting and joyous.’ — Artist’s Chronicle

‘Dreaming, exploring and wondering about the world is part of the essence of early childhood. This new Australian Aboriginal picture book … provides an excellent vehicle for supporting young readers to do just that, with vivid illustrations and a gentle dusting of text.’ — Bright Hub

‘Sally Morgan’s pictures, strongly inspired by Aboriginal tradition, are unusual and beautiful. The pages are full of zinging colour [with] a lovely sense of design.’ — Magpies Magazine

‘Rich, busy and vital, her paintings are filled with movement as the little girl slides down the river snake’s rainbow and rides the whispering wind.’ — The Age

‘This is a delightful book for a very young audience, aged 3 – 5 years, and is a wonderful book to encourage the imagination and play discovery finding games, and games such as ‘peekaboo’. For older readers, it’s the perfect book for ‘outdoor’ reading along with paper and pencils to let the imagination flow.’ — Buzzwords

‘The movement in the illustrations matches perfectly with the simple, lyrical lines of the text which trace an indigenous child’s explanation of what country and the land mean to the Aboriginal peoples of Australia.’ — IC3 The Professional Journal of the WA School Library Association & AISWA Libraries

‘A vibrantly beautiful story book for young readers, My Country is a celebration of place, of belonging in and to the natural world.’ — M/C Reviews

‘… a delightful story of a little girl free to roam on land, sea and in the sky.’ — Koori Mail

Categories
Indigenous Writing, Children's Picture Books
Publication Year
2011
Edition
1
Publisher
Fremantle Press
Awards
  • Notable Book, Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Books, 2012
  • Notable Book, Children’s Book Council of Australia Early Childhood, 2012
ISBN13
9781921888694
HB/PB
Paperback
Format
Picture Book
Pages
24
Height x Width mm
210 x 230
Sample Chapter
My Country extract.pdf
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