We are so excited to review a new release from Magabala! Our publisher, Rachel Bin Salleh, gifted us this book with our latest contract (but we were under no obligation to do a review- we do this because we genuinely enjoyed the book).
cooee mittigar: a stoy on darug songlines (Magabala 2019) is a picture book that showcases the animals and plants that signal the change of seasons on Darug lands of the greater Sydney basin during those times. The text and illustrations effectively and powerfully show the changing seasons. The knowledge of the land and seasons that has been passed down for generations.
My favourite part is the link and connection with nature the Darug people had and continue to have. The last few pages really tie this idea together as does the backmatter.
I love, love, love that the Darug glossary is on each page so you can double check as you read- the main story unapologetically merges the two Darug dalang and English.
This text could easily be studied on any Country and allow rich discussion about the different plants, animals, seasons and language groups of your area. It would be perfect for HASS/SOSE classes to discuss sustainability, environment and land management. I can definitely see the images used as inspiration for Art classes- creating a local seasons mural or drawing local animals. It could be used as a research point to then investigate and research your local Aboriginal language group words.
A must read for people of the greater Sydney basin and primary school students.
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