My country by Ezekiel Kwaymullina and Sally Morgan
In my country I play with the morning star
Author Ezekiel Kwaymullina, from the Palyku people in Western Australia’s Pilbara, says, ‘The book was inspired by my Nana and Gran, who passed on their love of country to me.’
This must read for all ages is a celebration of Australia. Throughout the book we see the land as a diverse and bountiful playground that we can all enjoy and one which belongs to all of us.
As we listen to the text hear the young girl playing with the natural world – sliding down rainbows, chasing the sun and swimming in the moonlight. Sally Morgan’s illustrations bring the text to life through her vibrant, indigenous artwork.
This story is a wonderful bedtime read as it flows from morning to night time, reminding us of the constant connection we should have with our land. It also teaches young children about the importance of country to Indigenous Australians and the deep connection they have.
So what can you do with this book?
Celebrate Indigenous people of Australia. Who are they? Where do they live? How do they live? What has happened in the past and how can we ensure this never happens again?
How do you view the land? Can you improve on how you see the natural world?
Look at Sally Morgan’s illustrations – draw your own picture of you playing with nature using her techniques of bold colours and lines.