ACHUKA Book of the Day 8 Dec 2020
This is a really charming graphic-novel picture book, presented in the form of a young girl’s nature diary. It is set in Goldfields in Dja Dja Warrung county and features the Bibrons Toadlet living at Happy Valley, Ballantinia plants growing at Leanganook, Golden Whistler, a smoking ceremony with Dja Dja Wurrung elder Uncle Rick, local veggie growers Gung Hoe, Little Habitat Heroes, and more. There is a strong focus on Aboriginal culture and staying connected to nature.
Miri’s been on the move and now she’s finding her feet, her freedom, her community and her home, treading lightly all the way. A story about spreading your wings and putting down roots in an ancient land, and finding a friend with whom to share an interest in the natural world.
‘Another lovely adventure from Trace Balla. Rich in country and family, deep in care for the future.’ BRUCE PASCOE
‘A beautiful book about being connected to the world at ground level. I feel like I’ve made a new friend through Trace’s exquisitely accessible drawings and gentle prose.’ ALISON LESTER
The author herself writes of this book “I wrote it as a story of hope – a way forward, beyond boundaries and fences, towards belonging, community and country, welcome and home.”
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