The Lost Girl written by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Illustrated by Leanne Tobin
Published by Walker Books Australia
The girl has lost her way. She has wandered away from her family, and takes shelter in the shadow of a rock. There she waits until they come to find her, but no one answer when she calls.
The girl becomes thirsty and hungry, so she finds a water hole to drink from and some bush rood to eat. As the day draws to an end, the girl grows cold and she shelters in the warmth of a rock, where she sees a crow flying from tree to tree. She follows the crow, over hills and rocks, and there she finds her people’s camp.
The girl is welcomed with open arms and tears of joy, and when she is questioned if she was scared, she answers so beautifully.
Her Mother cared for her, giving her food and drink and warmth. She also sent the crow to show her the way home.
This is a lovely book, illustrating the unique relationship that the Aboriginal people of Australia share with Mother Nature. The story unfolds through the stunning illustrations as we journey along with the little girl. However scary the situation may be, the little girl does not stray from her quest to find her way home, as she relies on her Mother to care for her every need.
This would make a wonderful addition to any classroom, library or home bookshelf. We get a glimpse of the unique relationship that the Aboriginal people of Australia have with Mother Nature, and how they teach their children to survive in this harsh and unyielding landscape they call home.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Ambelin Kwaymullina
Illustrator: Leanne Tobin
Title: The Lost Girl
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Published: July 2014