Ask Aunty: Seasons by Aunty Munya Andrews & Charmaine Ledden-Lewis (illus.)
As Aunty Munya asks, ‘Have you ever woken up excited on the first day of summer only to find it’s cold and rainy?’ That’s because the four seasons we’re taught at school aren’t relevant to Australia at all! Across the country, First Nations have lots of different seasons! Aunty Munya explains how the seasons work for her people, the Bardi People.
The Bardi people watch the plants, animals, stars, and even the ocean to know what the seasons are. By doing this, they’re letting Country tell them when seasons change, rather than judging the change by the date on a calendar regardless of what’s happening outside!
It is a privilege we should not take for granted that Aunty Munya is willing to proudly share her culture with us. Bardi and all First Nations’ seasons are really interesting and make a lot more sense than the four seasons! This is a brilliant book for all kids aged 3+.