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Little Bird's Day Review
Written by Sally Morgan and illustrated by Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr
Recommended for ages 5-8 years
This is a gentle story about a day in the life of Little Bird, as she wakes with the sun, and sings the world alive with her warbling, waking the other sleepy creatures.
She follows the wind when it’s time to eat and soars high in the clouds with her friends, has a wash in the sparkling rain and finally a rest in a welcoming tree at dusk, getting ready to nestle with the moon and fly amongst the stars in her dreams.
Sally Morgan is an Australian Aboriginal author and artist who belongs to the Palyku people from the Pilbara, Western Australia. Sally is probably most well known for her award winning book “My Place”, published in 1987, her autobiography and discovery of her family’s past, now considered an Australian classic.
Sally has written many children’s books, including “My Country” and “Here is Galah”.
Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr is a Yolnu man from the Ganalbingu clan. This is his first picture book and is the result of Johnny winning the Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award in 2017. Johnny’s prize was $10,000, a mentorship and the opportunity to illustrate a children’s picture book by a renowned indigenous author, to be published by Magabala Books. The purpose of this award is to mentor new indigenous artists, interested in becoming illustrators.
Johnny’s earthy illustrations add to the warmth of this picture book.
Watch this wonderful clip of Johnny talking about the inspiration for his illustrations of “Little Bird’s Day”.
Johnny’s striking paintings tell the story of “Little Bird’s Day” just as well as Sally Morgan’s text.
Check out the stunning endpapers of little bird flying through the stars.