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4.68  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Sorry Day acknowledges the past and shows a willlingness to make things right. The story commemorates both the momentous speech made by the Prime Minister of Australia to say sorry to the indigenous people for past abuse and to also recognise the decades of abuse suffered by the Stolen Generation. Told through the eyes of a young girl participating in the ceremony today an ...more
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published 2018 by NLA Publishing
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Clare Snow
Beautiful and tragic. The intertwining of the two storylines is cleverly done. I love Dub Leffler's art.
Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
This is a remarkable book as it celebrates the momentous speech by Kevin Rudd in 2008 but it also shows the past and the horrors indigenous people had to endure. Vass uses Rudd’s real words and she weaves it into this young girl’s story, not quite understanding the impact, but we see it through her mum and the adults around her.

As one story unfolds about that wonderful February day, it is shadowed by the realities of the history those words represent. The contrast from page to page is a stark re
Brona's Books
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sorry Day (2018) by Coral Vass and illustrated by Dub Leffler tells two stories told side by side - a modern story set on the lawns of Parliament House on the day that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised for the Stolen Generation.

The older story provides a window into what it felt like to be stolen.

"Hide. HIDE!!"
"White men
The children trembled."

I have read sections of the Stolen Generation report and feel that I am open to seeing things from a perspective other than my own, but it is still co
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Sorry Day by Coral Vass and Illustrated by Dub Leffler is a remarkable book for a number of reasons. Vass and Leffler have created the perfect book that illustrates the then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd's historic 2008 speech where he apologised for the government's policy towards Aboriginals which resulted in the stolen generation.

Within the book, this speech shows a contemporary community watching and reacting to the 2008 speech, with the focus on a young child positioned in the crowd. As Rudd's
This book cleverly tells two stories at once - a historical story of Aboriginal children who were stolen from their homes and families, and a contemporary story of a young girl and her mother attending the event where then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised to the Aboriginal people for this historical act. The juxtaposed fear of the children (in the past because they were being taken from their homes, and in the contemporary setting because Maggie falls and is afraid she has lost her mother in ...more
A powerful representation of a nation, lead by Kevin Rudd, that finally found the courage to say sorry to the indigenous owners of Australia. Dub Leffler harnesses colour to separate the present day events with the past, represented in muted sepia colours. Life like illustrations share the fear and agony of the children - the Stolen Generation taken in the past, and the young girl temporarily separated from her mother. A moving story that will spark questions and the need for explanations with y ...more
Freddie D
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Impossible to read this without tearing up. It's brutal but absolutely necessary reading. The author has woven two storylines seamlessly together; one in the present day and one depicting the atrocities of the Stolen Generations. It's age-appropriate and poetic, yet understandably uncomfortable. Without confronting these horrific histories, we are doomed to repeat them. And on top of all of that, the illustrations are absolutely stunning. A true work of art. It's no wonder this won big in the CB ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this story. It is two stories in tandem: Maggie and her mother attend a momentous occasion for the Stolen Generation when Prime Minister Kevin Rudd acknowledges the sorrows of the past and says 'Sorry" to the children who were taken from their homes. Maggie gets lost in the crowd and the memories of the past swirl around, telling the story of the Stolen Generation.

Coral Vass, author, and Dub Leffler, illustrator, present the story of the Stolen Generation in a way that children ca
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and important book - Dub Leffler's illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, and work so well bringing Coral Vass's words to life. The story of both the stolen children and a child momentarily lost on Sorry Day is incredibly well done. Should be read by pretty much everyone.
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The key word at the end is hope - there's still such a long way to go to actual reconciliation.
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