This contemporary story is written in the tradition of Aboriginal teaching stories. It tells the story of Crow who lived in a tree by a waterhole and gazed into the water each morning at another wonderful crow staring back at her. Wishing to be just like Crow-in-the-waterhole, Crow flies far away, helping others along the way and encountering Crow-in-the-river, Crow-in-the pool and Crow-in-the-puddle. Each one makes her feel more sad until Kookaburra shows her that her inspiring feathered friends are actually her own reflection.
The creator, Ambelin Kwaymullina, is an Indigenous writer and artist who comes from the Bailgu and Nyamal peoples of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Her art here features vivid, colourful gouache illustrations in an uplifting tale of self-perception that conveys the importance of realising one's self-worth and individual strengths