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The Two-Hearted Numbat

Written by Ezekiel Kwaymullina and Ambelin Kwaymullina


Numbat has two hearts, one of stone and one of feather. His stone heart makes him strong and powerful while his feather heart makes him soft and gentle. When having more than one heart becomes troublesome, Numbat must choose which one to keep…

‘is so visually vibrant it will immediately appeal … while the gentle, clear message is perfect to be shared and discussed.’ Good Reading Magazine

‘This heart warming story is a joy to behold and is sure to delight readers of all ages.’ Magpies

‘… a book that will brighten the life of any child.’ Canberra Times

‘A valuable philosophical message is clothed in an engaging story and a glossy rainbow of vibrant colour.’ Adelaide Advertiser

The Two-hearted Numbat is a stunning combination of visuals and narrative; and of the modern and the traditional. Elegant, simple and profound ...’ Bookseller + Publisher


Children’s Book Council of Australia (Notable Book 2009)

ISBN 9781921888007 (Paperback)
Formats Picture Book (210 x 210mm) (Paperback)
Categories Award Winning
Indigenous Writing
Children's Picture Books
Pages 36
Publication Year 2011
Edition 2nd
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Ezekiel Kwaymullina

    Ezekiel Kwaymullina is from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Read more

  • Kwaymullina ambelin

    Ambelin Kwaymullina

    Ambelin Kwaymullina is an Aboriginal writer and illustrator who comes from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. She is the author and illustrator of a number of award-winning picture books as well as a YA dystopian series. Her books have been published in the United States, South Korea and China. Ambelin is a prolific commentator on diversity in children’s literature and a law academic at the University of Western Australia. Read more