20 Nov. 2020
Meet 11-year-old Bindi. She's not really into maths but LOVES art class and playing hockey. Her absolute FAVOURITE thing is adventuring outside with friends or her horse, Nell.
A new year starts like normal--school, family, hockey, dancing. But this year hasn't gone to plan! There's a big art assignment, a drought, a broken wrist AND the biggest bushfires her town has ever seen!
Bindi is a verse novel for mid-upper primary students. Written "for those who plant trees', Bindi explores climate, bushfires, and healing. Written from the point of view of 11-year-old, Bindi and her friends on Gundungurra Country.
InformationBook Type: Junior Chapter
Age Group: 9 to 13 years
Class Novel: Yes
Good Reads Rating: 5/5
Literary Rating: 5/5
Eleven-year-old Bindi lives in Gundungurra Country with her family. She and her small gang of close friends spend their afternoons at the pool or exploring the bush. With her father's wisdom and guidance, Bindi knows how to navigate the land and always finds her way back home.
The days are hot and dry, and everyone is waiting for the day that rain arrives. Concern grows in the community about a fierce bushfire heading in their direction.
One day, while riding her horse Nell, Bindi is thrown from the saddle and breaks her arm. The smoke travelling in the wind had startled Nell. With her arm in a cast, Bindi and her younger sister Elsie stumble upon an injured black cockatoo known as a garrall. Bindi feels that she was meant to find this bird and that the two of them could heal together. As the bushfire -- or bawa canbe -- grows around them, Bindi's father tells her it is the worst he has ever seen. Bindi's home is in danger and her life is irrevocably changed.
The bushfire hits and everyone evacuates from their homes to the football field beside the swimming pool. All they can do now is wait the fire out and hope for the best. After a few days Bindi's family are told that it is safe to return to their house.
The devastation of the bush fire destroyed many homes but Bindi's family, who lived higher on a hill, were lucky. In the days to come after the fire Bindi gains a better understanding of what community means. People share what they can and donations to help rebuild appear quickly.
Bindi's community begins to heal and, when they are finally blessed with rainfall, so does their land. As things slowly return to normalcy Bindi and her black cockatoo's injures are no longer. As her cast comes off Bindi knows it is time for the bird to go back to the bush. Both girl and bird are ready to fly again ...
This verse novel is a beautiful depiction of family, Gundungurra language and healing. The vignettes of Bindi's life, from the sounds of the native birds, the mouthwatering descriptions of her mother's home-cooked meals and the action of Bindi's hockey games, are vibrant and expressive.
The Gundungurra words that Bindi and her family use show the importance of Bindi's culture and ancestry. In the back of the book is a glossary to help those readers unfamiliar with the meanings. Bindi's appreciation for her country, even during hard times, is communicated beautifully.
Bindi is a stunning book that brilliantly portrays the resilience of a child and her community, and the terrible impact of bushfires.
family, culture, community, gratitude, selflessness, healing, bushfires
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