Author: Kylie Dunstan
Illustrated by: Kylie Dunstan
Publisher: Lothian Books
Themes: Friendship, Friends, Indigenous issues, Indigenous arts, Indigenous Community, Community, Art, Creation, The land, Colours, story, Australia
“This is Rose.
Rose has a best friend. Her name is Olive.
Their families live in the Top End of the
Northern Territory of Australia.
There are lots of pandanus palms here.
Pandanus palms have tall, thin trunks with
long spiky leaves at the top.”
Kylie Dunstan’s book Collecting Colour won the CBCA Picture Book of the Year 2009
This is a fantastic story that was inspired by Kylie’s time spent in Arnhem Land and the memories and stories that she has stored up from the land and the people there.
The book tells the story of two young girls in Arnhem Land as they spend a day working and living alongside Auntie, a fibre artist creating mats and baskets from Pandanus Palms that grow around the region.
The images and text paint a picture of life in Arnhem Land and the people who live there as the two girls learn to chew on the bark of trees and search for the colours amongst the nature around them to colour the baskets and mats.
It’s fairly rare to find a picture book that tells a story so detailed and rich and told from the perspective of children living in indigenous communities, this would make a great book to sit alongside conversations about the land around us, creation, how we can learn from one another, indigenous community, art, family, friendship, indigenous issues and the life of the fibre artists of the land.
Told with a lot of detail and joy this story would be a great addition to anyone’s library.