This board book in the Anindilyakwa language is designed for pre-readers. No English language translation is provided. Seven double-page spreads have been created by the families and community at Angurugu and Umbakumba on Groote Eylandt, East Arnhem, Northern Territory.
Each double page spread is filled with colourful and action-packed details. Each fish swimming across the page is named along with various items in the water such as turtle eggs, seashells and various plants. On shore there are kangaroos, echidnas, birds, turtles, snakes and daily life details such as a campfire and tools for hunting and gathering food. The final page includes a mirror for young children to see themselves surrounded by oysters in the shell, stingrays, sharks and other enticing creatures. The back jacket cover includes a message from the community that states, ‘We have many stories to tell our children every day about where we live, our sea, our land, our plants, our animals, our food.’
This book is part of the Families as First Teachers programs which recognise the importance of recognising parents as the first teachers of their children. The books contain important cultural information for babies and toddlers and is created as a child-oriented presentation of local plant and animal names. The book was launched in August 2014 at Alyangula and was developed over 18 months as a way for parents to impart important cultural information to their children.