Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo – Alison Lester
Ernie is a city boy who moves to the Arnhem Land for a year. He flies over the desert for hours, traveling over the floodplains, crosses the East Alligator River and arrives in Arnhem Land. He writes back home to his friends telling of the seasons, of the everyday simple amusements, of the cultural life of the children of Arnhem Land. Interesting, informative and flows naturally. Held the attention of my eight, five and three year olds.
All of Percy Trezise’ books are brilliant. Unfortunately some books are out of print. Our personal favourites are the ‘Journey of the Great Lake’ series; the adventures of three young children who are blown away from their family on a raft and have to journey home through many tribal lands. In some lands they encounter help, in other lands danger. There were seven books written before the author’s death in 2005. I’m afraid that the journey may not be finished as only one was being published a year.)
Continues the journey of Jadianta, Lande and Jalmor. In this book they run across the terrifying giant goannas, and the rock paintings in the Quinkin cave.
Gidj – Percy Trezise
The Cave Painters is a picture book set in The Cape York Peninsula (as are all of Percy Trezise’s books) following the journey of an Aboriginal family from the Bullanji clan going home to visit the mother’s clan in the desert. The family take gifts for their relatives and after traveling many days they arrive at their mother’s people’s place where they are joyously welcomed. Whilst there the children visit the caves to see the different pictures and are taught the clans stories.
The Giant Devil-Dingo – Percy Trezise
Quinkin Mountain – Percy Trezise
Two children are hunting with their dingo, Lasca, when they are threatened by a huge bushfire which drives them towards the dreaded Quinkin mountain to seek shelter in the caves. The story shows the conflict with the Imjins, aid from Jimaras and protection from a clever Lasca.