Lilli-Pilli’s Sister by Anna Branford
Published by Walker Books
Anna Branford’s Lilli-Pilli’s Sister is story about preparing for a new baby, a sister or a brother for Lilli-Pilli and a second child for her parents. Lilli-Pilli and her family are fairies living amongst the red gums, geckos, kookaburras, painted apple moths, white-winged trillers and other creatures of the Australian bush. “Feeling in her wings” that the new baby will be a girl, Lilli-Pilli’s intuition is soon challenged. As she goes about gathering materials for the new baby’s cradle, she discovers that others are just as sure that the new baby will be a boy.
Botanical artist and illustrator Linda Catchlove’s images complement the gentle tone of the story, while expertly showcasing the featured flora and fauna of the bush setting. Recommended for early childhood, Lilli-Pilli’s Sister is an appropriate vehicle to prompt examination and discussion about the interrelationships and roles within growing families.
In my view, The Wild One is a real contender for next year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia’s awards.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Anna Branford
Illustrator: Linda Catchlove
Title: Lilli-Pilli’s Sister
Publisher: Walker Books
Published: February 2014