By Ambelin Kwaymullina
Illustrated by Leanne Tobin
Walker Books, 2014
This gentle Aboriginal picture story celebrates the protective and healing powers of Nature that kept one young girl safe and secure.
The girl is lost and must survive alone in the desert outback until she finds her way home back to her people’s campfires.
The author, Ambelin Kwaymullina, is an Aboriginal legal academic and is from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. In addition to her work at the University of Western Australia, Ambelin is an award-winning creative writer and illustrator.
The theme of being lost and then finding one’s way is a powerful narrative metaphor. The book provides an empowering voice for young Indigenous girls, and Ambelin Kwaymullina acknowledges that the book “is for all Aboriginal girls”.
The artist, Leanne Tobin, a descendant of the Dharug, the traditional Aboriginal people of Greater Western Sydney, illustrates the stark, bold beauty of the red desert landscape of the Pilbara.
Available for borrowing from Federation Library.
Small group/pair discussion
1. Talk about a time when you became lost.
Suggestions for learning activities
1. Draw or paint a picture that describes the desert.
Janine Kitson is a Relieving Country Organiser.