A glorious depiction of life on Flinders Island through the lens of the culture and traditions of Tasmania’s Pairrebeenne/Trawlwoolway clan.
Flinders Island is one of 52 islands in the Furneaux Group located in
This beautiful book explores the freedom of days spent roaming the bush and beach,
We observe the seasons come and go as the children are encouraged to pay attention to their surroundings. They collect shells on the shoreline at low tide and string them together to make necklaces. While the adults fish in wooden dinghies with nets and long oars, the children search for shellfish, finding whelks, periwinkles, warreners, and limpets to cook and eat.
Weather changes announce the arrival of the migratory birds that visit the island. Clouds descending over the nearby mountain are a signal that rain and black cockatoos are on the way from the
Aunty Patsy Cameron is an Aboriginal Elder, author (Grease and Ochre: The Blending of Two Cultures at the Tasmanian Colonial Sea Frontier), researcher, and cultural historian who is committed to engaging people with Tasmania’s human history. In Sea Country, she weaves her storytelling skills with her family culture and experiences to immerse readers in island life.
Illustrator Lisa Kennedy collaborates with Elders to make accessible the hidden voices of Ancestors and Country. Her previous publications include Welcome to Country,
There are so many tiny hidden treasures in the illustrations. Lisa Kennedy’s
Sea Country honours the strength and pride of people living in peaceful balance with the land they are deeply connected to. It delights in the richness of the environment and reminds us to tune in to what’s around us.
Reviewed by Jo Vabolis
Distributed by: Magabala Books
Released: June 2021