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How the Birds got their Colours (An Aboriginal Story)

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Would you like to hear a story from long ago? My mother used to tell me lots of stories, but this story I loved the best, because I loved the birds.

Mary Albert, Bardi tribe,
Western Australia
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1985 by Slawson Communications, Inc.
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Stef Rozitis
Apr 20, 2015 rated it liked it
The awesome thing about this book is children love it and it thus gives as pathway into talking about Aboriginal culture, history etc, etc. The problem is that firstly it exoticises Aboriginality for white audiences (making it seem like a long ago thing not relevant to us today) and secondly that I feel a great deal of unease about white people appropriating aspects of Aboriginal culture (such as traditional stories) which they/we dont really understand. I feel uneasy as an ignorant white person ...more
Sophie
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A lovely story to introduce the Aboriginal Dream Time to young children.

Recommended for kids 2+
Gul
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
'How the birds got their colours' is based on a story told by Mary Albert of the Bardi tribe to the Aboriginal children of Western Australia. As the title of the book clearly shows it is about how the birds got their colours. The book travels back in time to when the world was first created. Long ago the birds were all black till one day the dove flew around in search of food. As the dove flew down to the ground to catch his target he landed on a sharp stick. He fell sick and lay on the ground f ...more
Eyterna
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Something read when i was really REALLY REALLY young, kinda wish i got a copy of the book. :(
Aphie
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Next week is NAIDOC week! Work remembers we have Indigenous Australians, before forgetting all abut them again!
Jim
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: austrailia, birds, colors
the edition i have is spelled "...got their colours"
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