The Lost Girl by Ambelin Kwaymullina, Illus. Leanne Tobin.
A beautiful picture book that is ideally placed above Nona & Me, reviewed below. It reveals the affinity that Aborigines have with the land and while the young girl is apparantly lost she is always comfortable with mother Earth and knows it is a matter of time before she is back with her community.
The girl has wandered away from the mothers, the aunties, the fathers and the uncles. She does not panic she finds water, bush food, finds shelter and follows a crow back home. She is welcomed by her family and given a place by the fire after being growled at for her foolishness.
Leanne Tobin’s illustrations capture the nature of the land, the trees, the animals, the vastness and the beautiful expressive aboriginal faces when the girl arrives home.
The little girl, bare footed with a blue dress, carrying a stick and with a shock of black curly hair is easy to relate to and of course hones into a childhood fear of being lost.
There is an award winning quality about this picture book. It’s cultural significance is powerful. a book for everyone.