Review Blog

Jun 06 2018

Our birds by Siena Stubbs

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Magabala Books, 2018. ISBN 9781925360981
Our Birds is the ideal book for any bird lover. It is all about the birds of North East Arnhem Land and uses the photographs taken by the author who was 12 at the time. Each bird is named in English and Yolnu - the local Indigenous language - making it a great way to connect with this ancient culture. It is also the author's culture.
Readers will learn interesting facts about each bird and view detailed photographs. Read about the Nerrk and its yellow crest or the Bilitjpility and its beautiful colours. Did you know the Yolnu people know when it is the season to hunt for Gurrunatji by listening for its honk at night? Did you know the Nama' is related to the pterodactyl?
The facts and personal connections to each bird are easy to read as well as interesting and educational. Our Birds is a good read as well as a way to observe Australian birds. It is also inspirational for all young, budding writers and photographers, making the book a great model for English and Science lessons.
Kylie Kempster

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