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WellRead June Kids Selection: The Land Recalls You by Kirli Saunders

WellRead June Kids Selection: The Land Recalls You by Kirli Saunders

This month, we’re bringing you a powerful and poetic story from award-winning Gunai author, Kirli Saunders (OAM). The Land Recalls You honours the Stolen Generations and all who’ve been taken from their Country, by telling a story of returning, remembering and rejuvenation. 

Illustrated by debut Bundjalung artists David and Noni Cragg, this is a story full of colour and light, in the face of a sad history. 

To the grown ups that share stories with our smallest readers; these are big topics, but we’ve never been ones to shy away from a challenging story and we believe that the thread that runs through this story is one of hope and love. We hope that this is a book that will start conversations in your family and will be reached for over and over again as, together, you explore the feelings that surface as you read.

Extra things to think and do: 

  • How did this story make you feel?

  • Do you know the stories of the Indigenous people who lived where you live?

  • Can you imagine what it might look like where you live, long before your house was built, when the trees and plants were growing wild and free? Draw a picture of what you can imagine.

  • Can you find: 
    • Someone paddling in the water 
    • The tail of a whale poking out of the water 
    • The emu in the sky 
    • Kangaroos hiding in the shadows of the trees 

 

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