This multilingual baby board book introduces the very young to seven Aboriginal languages, alongside images of Australian native animals. Young children will be captivated by the small mirror featured on the opening page, which is surrounded by brightly coloured images of Australian animals. Young children are offered a sense of place, identity and connection to country as they observe themselves reflected amongst these images of familiar Australian animals in their various habitats.
The lyrical rhythm of the Ngukurr languages highlighted in this book, alongside the vibrant illustrations, allows both adults and children to celebrate the rich diversity of Aboriginal culture and our native wildlife. This book may be useful in opening up discussion in an early childhood setting about Australian animals and their various habitats, Aboriginal art techniques, and Aboriginal culture and language. Older children can be engaged in discussing the way in which this book contributes to the preservation of Australian Indigenous languages for future generations, and why this is important in helping foster connection to culture.
The book includes an audio CD of the story and songs in Indigenous languages.
'Drimin Buk: Ngukurr' was created as part of the Bilingual Baby Board Books project, to be given to families in communities through the Families as First Teachers (FaFT) program. This book was created by people at Ngukurr, Urapunga and Minyerri.