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NOTABLES, 2022 CHILDREN'S BOOK COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS, EARLY CHILDHOOD
SHORTLISTED, 2022 TASMANIAN LITERARY AWARDS, MINISTER FOR THE ARTS' PRIZE FOR BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS AND CHILDREN
SHORTLISTED, 2022 KARAJIA AWARD FOR CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
In this delightful children’s picture book, Aunty Patsy Cameron generously shares the stories and traditions from her family’s seasonal island life in Tasmania. With evocative text and stunning illustrations, Sea Country lets the reader know when to pick ripe wild cherries, when the moon (mutton) birds fly home and how the nautilus shells smell like the deepest oceans.
Aunty Patsy Cameron, who is a descendant of the Pairebeenne Trawlwoolway clan in Tasmania, weaves a cultural homage to life on Flinder’s Island, with stories of collecting shells, fishing in wooden dinghies with long oars, and watching clouds snake their way down Mt Munro. Alongside this tender story, Lisa Kennedy reveals the love and connection to sea and Country through her intricate collages and delicate illustrations that sing country alive.
"I loved Sea Country…"
– Anita Heiss, The Sydney Morning Herald
"...breathtaking beauty…finely crafted and significant…"
– Robin Morrow, Magpies Magazine
"Brimming with life from Lisa Kennedy’s illustrations and collages...Young and old readers will be immersed in the life of the island and the rhythms of its seasons."
– Happy Mag
"...a delightful children's picture book..."