Wiradjuri Country


Publication Date: 1 Nov. 2021
Format: Paperback / softback

ISBN 9780642279866

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    *CBCA 2022 Notable Book: Eve Pownall Award*

    *Longlisted for the ABIA Book Awards 2022: Small Publishers' Children’s Book of the Year*

    Age range 6+

    Welcome to Wiradjuri Country.

    The Wiradjuri are the people of the three bila (rivers) and their nguram-bang (Country) is the second largest in Australia. Come with Uncle Larry Brandy on an enlightening journey through his Country’s rivers, woodlands, grasslands and rocky outcrops, as well as the murri-yang (sky world).

    Along the way, young readers will encounter animals such as bila-durang (platypus), and maliyan (wedge-tailed eagle), plants like the maybal (grass tree) and yirany (yam daisy), and discover stories like that of Tiddalik the giant frog. They will learn how Wiradjuri people lived on their Country, using the flower spikes of the grass tree as spears, soaking its flowers in water to make a sweet drink and weaving its leaves into baskets.

    This is a unique book combining language, culture, Indigenous history and storytelling, written by a Wiradjuri author. It features colour photographs of animals, plants and habitats, as well as illustrations by Indigenous artists Kristie Peters and Scott ‘Sauce’ Towney.

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    Book Type: Junior Non-Fiction
    Age Group: 6 years +
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    Class Novel: No
    Good Reads Rating: /5
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    Review

    Welcome to Wiradjuri Country! In this colourful book, Larry Brandy takes readers on a journey through the different parts of Wiradjuri Country in New South Wales, one of the largest Countries in Australia. Taking a look at the rivers, woodlands, grasslands, rocky outcrops, and the sky of Wiradjuri, each section identifies some of the most common and interesting plants and animals native to the specific habitat. With lots of ‘deadly’ facts, detailed images, and informative blurbs, each section of this book gives a fascinating look into the different habitats and systems of the Country.

    The book also includes a selection of traditional Wiradjuri stories, including the story of Tiddalik the giant frog, the story of Waawii the Rainbow Serpent, and the story of how the sun was made. These stories, as well as the traditional Wiradjuri words incorporated into the story, introduce younger readers to First Nations cultures, making this book a valuable resource and an interesting and engaging read.

    Photographs and illustrations are used throughout the book. A detailed index of Wiradjuri words, and a list of references, can be found in the back.

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