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Welcome To Country

Lisa Kennedy Aunty Joy Murphy



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Walker Books
01 August 2016
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Aunty Joy Murphy is an elder of the Wurundjeri people of Melbourne and surrounds. This generous and expansive book introduces and explains what welcome to country means, and explains customs and symbols of indigenous Australia. Beautifully coloured illustrations by Lisa Kennedy, who is descended from the Trawlwoolway People on the north-east coast of Tasmania, enhance the words of permission to cross the boundaries from one indigenous community to another. A lovely and important book for any age reader. Lindy Jones


This is an expansive and generous Welcome to Country from a most respected Elder, Aunty Joy Murphy, beautifully given form by Indigenous artist Lisa Kennedy.

Welcome to the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri People. We are part of this land and the land is part of us. This is where we come from. Wominjeka Wurundjeri balluk yearmenn koondee bik. Welcome to Country. Aunty Joy Wandin Murphy is a most respected senior Wurundjeri elder of the Kulin alliance. This is a very accessible welcome that introduces and gives meaning and explanation within the text to the customs and symbols of Indigenous Australia.

Aboriginal communities across Australia have boundaries that are defined by mountain ranges and waterways. Traditionally, to cross these boundaries or enter community country you needed permission from the neighbouring community. When this permission was granted the ceremony now called Welcome to Country took place. Each community had its own way of welcoming to country, and they still do today.
By:   Aunty Joy Murphy
Illustrated by:   Lisa Kennedy
Imprint:   Walker Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 255mm,  Width: 297mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   424g
ISBN:   9781922244871
ISBN 10:   1922244872
Publication Date:   01 August 2016
Recommended Age:   From 5 to 9 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Welcome To Country

This beautifully realised picture a lyrical yet simple welcome to the traditional lands of the Gurundjeri People of Melbourne and the surrounding areas. * Magpies Magazine * A beautifully illustrated portayal of the Wurundjeri People and their connection to Country. * Australian Family Therapists' Award For Children's Literature * This stunningly illustrated book has a deep yet simple text, which introduces its central concept through poetic language and earthy, evocative landscapes of blended colours and shapes of people and landscapes. -- Belle Alderman, The Conversation * Business Insider * This is truly a book to be experienced, for school aged readers and older. * 4MBS Radio * Welcome To Country is an important narrative for teachers in schools and kindergartens and for families to share. Highly recommended. * Read Plus * This book articulates the importance of Welcome to Country in a way both children and adults will appreciate, emphasising the connection to environment and community and the symbolism of inviting outsiders to connect with the land and people of a particular region. * Kids' Book Review * This is an invitation to readers to embrace a sense of their country that not only puts its long Aboriginal history first, but values what that history can offer to us today. Recommended for readers five to fifty. * Reading Time * A beautiful tribute to elders . Highly recommended. -- Pinerolo Newsletter * Pinerolo Newsletter * This is an important book for young readers and a boon for educators who are seeking to find really strong examples of Aboriginal culture and tradition. The beauty of the imagery only serves to enhance the gravitas of Aunty Joy's Welcome to Country message. -- Creative Kids Tales * Creative Kids Tales * The stunning illustrations are a wonderfully evocative representation of the landscape. It's a lovely book for young children, but older children will also enjoy it immensely. -- Booktopia * Booktopia * Murphy's text is simple but not simplistic, and the book will suit parents or teachers reading aloud to young children: with both narrative and informational appeal, it will contribute well to school libraries and is perfect for stimulating classroom discussion about place, beliefs, traditions and human relationships to the environment. -- Books+Publishing * Books+Publishing *

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