Age range 5 to 12
'Warami mittigar. Hello friend. We welcome you to Darug Country.'
Cooee Mittigar, meaning Come Here Friend, is an invitation to yana (walk), on Darug Country. In this stunning picture book, Darug creators Jasmine Seymour and Leanne Mulgo Watson tell a story on Darug Songlines, introducing children and adults-alike to Darug Nura (Country) and language.
Greeted by Mulgo, the black swan, readers are welcomed to Nura. Journeying through the seasons, Mulgo describes the land, skyscape, birds, animals and totems. It is a gentle guide to how Darug people read the seasons, knowing when it is time to hunt and time to rest. It is also an appeal to remember, off ering new ways of seeing and reading the lands of the surrounding Sydney region.
With Darug language interspersed with English and an extensive glossary throughout, Cooee Mittigar presents an important tool for learning, told as a tender story with exquisite illustrations. It is Jasmine and Leanne's wish that with this book, everyone will know that the Darug mob are still here and still strong.
Cooee mittigar. Tread softly on our lands.Know that this dreaming was here. Is still here.Will be forever.
CBCA 2020 Shortlist:CBCA Award for New Illustrator
CBCA Review:Songlines of Darug Country are explored through beautiful prose and stunning artwork. This unique picture book takes readers through the seasonal calendar, incorporating the animals and weather that appear at different times of the year. The reader’s experience begins with the sophisticated drawings on a textured cover. The edge-to-edge illustrations throughout the book draw readers into a whole experience, enhanced by warm, earthy tones presented in overlays of artwork that creates a strong sense of place and the wonders of nature. The effect of the artwork is intriguing and engaging. The illustrator used acrylic paint and digitally composed mixed media to create this effect. The encapsulating tone of this book elicits an enriching experience, best pondered slowly, as readers take in the artwork, the languages and the ambience that is created. The combination of all these aspects and the exquisite colour palettes will have all readers entranced.