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Azaria: a true history

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  16 reviews
What happens when the truth gets lost? Where wild animals and people meet, tragedy can strike, But when a tiny baby is stolen by a dingo, people simply cannot accept such a thing. Prejudice and gossip grip the nation, and the tragedy transforms into a fight for the truth. How did it all go so wrong?
This is a true Australian story of innocence, ignorance, and the perils of
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published June 1st 2020 by Melbournestyle Books
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Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a book.

As an adult I think it’s a beautifully executed historical story presented as a picture book.

But... who is this book for?
I would feel uncomfortable with this book sitting on an open shelf, waiting for any young reader. This is a book that needs to come out to the right reader, at the right time.

This story breaks my heart and is still within memory for many adults.

An important story for our next generation.

Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is confronting, and beautiful, and leaves me feeling a little eery, but a stunner of a book.
I don't know what age little person I'd pitch it to, but if a little person was asking questions about the case, this is certainly going to trigger conversations, and move adults to think and feel. 💜
Chantelle Griffin
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
A beautifully illustrated book telling a timeless story. Easy to read and wonderfully conveyed.
Kat Schrav
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved the illustrations in this book. A re-telling of the story of Azaria Chamberlain highlighting indigenous perspective and culture. More suitable for middle to upper primary.
Dimity Powell
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-lit, non-fiction
Maree Coote's picture books are sublime works of art; dramatic, visually arresting, evocative. Published by Melbourne Style Books, they are expressions of history, culture, art and design. Perfect conduits for conveying accounts and incidents in non fictional settings in ways young children can enthuse over and understand.

When a tiny new born baby disappeared one fateful evening some 40 years ago, an entire nation was instantly polarised. Questions clotted in every lounge room, staff room and pl
Victoria Kennedy
A beautiful retelling of a story about loss and injustice that gripped a nation.

The words "a dingo stole my baby" will forever be ingrained in all Australians. The death of Azaria Chamberlain and the wrongful prosecution of her mother Lindy was a story that every Australian watched and followed. Here, Maree Coote tells the story to a new generation of Australians.

This August marks 40 years since Azaria was taken by a dingo, and while I obviously wasn't alive at the time, I did grow up learning
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I purchased this picture book from @booktopiabooks after being intrigued by the subject when I saw it online.

Story 📖

This picture book outlines the injustice that happened to Lindy Chamberlain in the aftermath of the death of her newborn daughter Azaria.

The story is familiar to almost everyone. The Chamberlain family were visiting Uluru as a family and were camping close by. As she was cooking dinner one evening, she had placed her newborn Azaria to sleep in the tent only to very shortly afterwar
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Besides knowing the line, ‘the dingo stole my baby,’ I had absolutely no idea about the ramifications of this particularly dark moment in Australian media and society.

Coote presents the truth of the matter by exploring all elements of the case. The simplicity of her words allows her to create a narrative that highlights the facts without laying blame.

There were a number of key ideas that Coote brings to light within her words and illustrations – injustice, media manipulation and prejudice. Thro
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book stands out in many ways, and deserves to be recognised by the CBCA.
This book is brave - who would've thought this story would be suitable for a picture book?
beautiful - bold imagery and colour palette, and layer upon layer of rich meaning
respectful - the story is sensitively and poignantly told. I like that Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton was involved in its making; and also I like that the contributions of the Anangu to the case has been given due respect / vindication (their knowledge/
Beautifully written with a lot of wonderful imagery. This is not a book for little children, although it might be suitable for Year 3 and up. I would also use it with older children, especially in the classroom, as it narrates an Important story of mistrial by media. It tells the story of the Chamberlain family without blame. Even the dingo is described as a wild animal doing what wild animals do. I am unsure if the writer is an Indigenous Australian but the telling of the story and the illustra ...more
How do you tell the story of a great injustice in a way that is both dispassionate and absolutely on point about how a media and a country turned against a family in grief? Exactly like this. Maree Coote has gathered all the threads of a miscarriage of justice into a clear, concise and readable picture book for all ages. CBCA Eve Pownall (Information) shortlist 2021.
Sharlene Evans
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A great supporting text for a unit on media bias and the damage it can cause. Also a great support to exploring the extent to which Australian Aboriginal people were embarrassingly disrespected in the past and the damage misguided gossip can do to others.
Apr 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Definitely not recommended for Primary Schools, this is more for the Secondary school student who with the guidance of a good teacher can explore this text alongside other supporting materials.
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Exceptional book, amazing illustrations and this true story has been very tastefully done. Would not be distressing to children. Very impressed!
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an amazing book.
The illustrations are incredible, the story is beautifully and fairly written in a simple way that portrays the truth of the times.
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an exceptional book, written gently and sensitively and with the most unique and dazzling illustrations. It is a precious beauty of a book so sensitively told - about the terrible, true death of a baby, with her mother falsely accused and imprisoned.
The cruelty and power of fake news - and the deliberate overlooking of Indigenous trackers supporting the mother's claim of a dingo taking the baby - makes one shudder.

This beautiful book is also featured on the website of the National Centr
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