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The River


Another simple, universal story from Sally Morgan – this time a beautifully illustrated celebration of the life of the river. The River takes the reader on a journey of what their eyes can see and their ears can hear. See green ants crawling, hear frogs croaking, a goanna running, a fish splashing... Sally Morgan’s beautiful words and Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr’s sensitive artwork combine to make this a unique, distinctive children’s picture book with global appeal. Johnny infuses his illustrations with his fine-art aesthetic and his traditional motifs to bring each page to vivid life.


Praise for The River

"...a great edition to early cultural studies programs... The River teaches us how the wonder of the natural world surrounds us."
Tamantha Smith, Magpies Magazine

"Lilting lesson on river life...This will be top of the bedtime reading pile."
Australian Women's Weekly

"This is a wonderful read aloud… Highly recommended"
Fran Knight, ReadPlus

"...highly effective use of simple language and a striking, limited colour palette to tell a story with lovely attention to sensory detail…" 
Gemma Nisbet, The West Australian

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan is one of Australia’s best-known artists and writers. She belongs to the Palyku people from the eastern Pilbara region of Western Australia. Her widely-acclaimed first book, My Place, has sold over half a million copies and is one...

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Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr

Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr is a Yolŋu man from the Ganalbingu clan and is known for his paintings of Ganalbingu song lines as well as his mother’s Wägilak clan stories. Along with other members of his clan, Johnny keeps culture strong...

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Johnny Malibirr talks about the process of illustrating 'Little Bird's Day'. Johnny won the inaugural Kestin illustrator award from Magabala Books in 2018
from Gapuwiyak Arts.

Illustrator, Johnny Warrkatja, reads the book he illustrated, 'Little Bird's Day', to 'Bapi' class at Gapuwiyak School in NE Arnhem Land
from Gapuwiyak Arts.

Visit Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts Aboriginal Corporation to learn more about Johnny’s art.

Other titles by Sally Morgan

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