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Wilam: A Birrarung Story
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Andrew Kelly Lisa Kennedy
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Wilam: A Birrarung Story

Andrew Kelly Lisa Kennedy Aunty Joy Murphy


Walker Books

Children's & Educational;
Picture books


40 pages

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Wilam: A Birrarung Story is one day on a vital, flourishing river.

As ngua rises, Bunjil soars over mountain ash, flying higher and higher as the wind warms. Below, Birrarung begins its long winding path down to palem warreen. Wilam - home.

Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly joins award-winning picture book duo Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy to tell the Indigenous and geographical story of Melbourne's beautiful Yarra River, from its source to its mouth; from its pre-history to the present day.

By:   Andrew Kelly, Aunty Joy Murphy
Illustrated by:   Lisa Kennedy
Imprint:   Walker Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 255mm,  Width: 294mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781925381764
ISBN 10:   1925381765
Pages:   40
Publication Date:   April 2019
Recommended Age:   From 6 to 11 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Aunty Joy Murphy is a respected Wurundjeri Elder and author of Welcome to Country. Andrew Kelly is the Yarra Riverkeeper, part of an international organisation of Riverkeepers. He has written numerous books for children and adults. Lisa Kennedy is a descendant of the Trawlwoolway People on the north-east coast of Tasmania. Lisa was born in Melbourne and as a child lived close to the Maribyrnong River. Here she experienced the gradual restoration of the natural river environment alongside cultural regeneration and reclamation. Through sense of place she feels connected to the Wurundjeri country and all that entails - the water, the land, the animals and the ancestors. The experience of loss and reclamation is embedded in her work. Welcome to Country is her first title with Black Dog Books.

Wilam: A Birrarung Story is an absolutely stunning picture book that explores the teeming wildlife that exists along Birrarung. It teaches us Woiwurrung language for the river and its inhabitants, and asks us to reflect on the importance of the river not only to animals but also to the humans who live in its vicinity. This book is a must-have for every school, library and home in Victoria * Readings * Wilam is a truly beautiful story in both its words and pictures...This is a joyful book that returns much to the thoughtful reader, and offers a great deal for classroom use. * CBCA: Reading Time Blog *

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