Wilam: A Birrarung Story
  • Format
  • Publisher
  • Country
  • Published
  • Pages
  • ISBN

Wilam: A Birrarung Story

Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly, Lisa Kennedy

Wilam: A Birrarung Story is one day on a vital, flourishing river.

As ngua rises, Bunjil soars over mountain ash, flying higher and higher as the wind warms. Below, Birrarung begins its long winding path down to palem warreen. Wilam - home.

Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly joins award-winning picture book duo Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy to tell the Indigenous and geographical story of Melbourne’s beautiful Yarra River, from its source to its mouth; from its pre-history to the present day.

Review

Wilam means home in Woiwurrung, the language of the Wurundjeri clan, and this stunning story depicts the many creatures who call Birrarung (the Yarra River) home, as it slowly winds from the mountains to the bay.

Indigenous creators Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy collaborated previously on the picture book Welcome to Country. This book also includes contributions from Yarra River-keeper Andrew Kelly. It is written with Woiwurrung integrated into the English text and features a readily accessible glossary. The art of Lisa Kennedy is exquisite, with huge double-page spreads of river scenes that depict the diversity of life along the riverbank, and show both past and present intermingled.

Wilam: A Birrarung Story is an absolutely stunning picture book that explores the teeming wildlife that exists along Birrarung. It teaches us Woiwurrung language for the river and its inhabitants, and asks us to reflect on the importance of the river not only to animals but also to the humans who live in its vicinity. This book is a must-have for every school, library and home in Victoria. Suitable for ages 4+.


Angela Crocombe is the shop manager at Readings Kids.

This item is in-stock and will ship in 1-2 business days

Our stock data is updated overnight, and availability may change throughout the day for in-demand items. Please call the relevant shop for the most current stock information. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Sign in or become a Readings Member to add this title to a wishlist.