ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A story of indigenous connection to Flinders Island, it shows the seasons through natural events and the appearance of different fish, birds and fruiting plants - signs of Country. The people are descendants of mainland Tasmanian clans who were resettled on the island, and have formed deep cultural ties to the land. The illustrations are deceptively simple in style, layered and intricate at times, and at others, naïve and atmospheric; the range of colours is soft and attractive. A fine addition to the growing wealth of indigenous-themed books for young readers. Lindy
Age range 0 to 9
Summer is the season
for ripening wild cherries,
The canygong fruits taste like salty strawberries.
In this delightful children’s picture book, Aunty Patsy Cameron generously shares the stories and traditions from her family’s seasonal island life in Tasmania. With evocative text and stunning illustrations, Sea Country lets the reader know when to pick ripe wild cherries, when the moon (mutton) birds fly home and how the nautilus shells smell like the deepest oceans.
Aunty Patsy Cameron, who is a descendant of the Pairebeenne Trawlwoolway clan in Tasmania, weaves a cultural homage to life on Flinder’s Island, with stories of collecting shells, fishing in wooden dinghies with long oars, and watching clouds snake their way down Mt Munro. Alongside this tender story, Lisa Kennedy reveals the love and connection to sea and Country through her intricate collages and delicate illustrations that sing country alive.