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Day Break

January 26. The Day We Remember

Amy McQuire Matt Chun



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Hardie Grant Books
06 January 2021

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is a telling of the significance of the 26th of January, with an indigenous perspective. A young girl is woken by her father early one morning, because they are taking Nan back to Country. It isn't a celebration for this family, but they will hold their own ceremony to remember what happened to them - because if you forget, you lose a part of who you are… Gentle watercolour illustrations in attractive but muted colours are a quiet counterpart to a proud matter-of-fact reclamation of what was taken, without stridency but also without backing down from their truth. An excellent book for introducing young readers to the other side of Australia Day.  Lindy

Day Break is the story of a family making their way back to Country on January 26. We see the strength they draw from being together, and from sharing stories as they move through a shifting landscape.

The story refocuses the narratives around 'Australia Day' on Indigenous survival and resistance, and in doing so honours the past while looking to the future. Confronting yet truthful, painful yet full of hope, Day Break is a crucial story that will open up a conversation on truth-telling for the next generation.
By:   Amy McQuire
Illustrated by:   Matt Chun
Imprint:   Hardie Grant Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 225mm,  Width: 275mm, 
ISBN:   9781760508159
ISBN 10:   1760508152
Publication Date:   06 January 2021
Recommended Age:   From 5 to 99 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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