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Our World: Bardi Jaawi: Life at Ardiyooloon

My Book Corner loves literature for its power to inform, to entertain and ultimately to teach.  Its real power comes from its ability to teach us about cultures, about ways of living, which ultimately opens our minds and can only serve to enrich us.  Our World achieves this is in a fun yet detailed manner - this certainly deserves its latest award - 2011 CBCA Honour Award

One Arm Point Remote Community School is just that. Remote. Have a look at the map inside the front cover to get an idea of just how remote it is!  The Bardi Jaawi culture is alive, thriving and presented on these pages for us all to see.

The main appeal of this book?  It's written by the children. Follow them as they go 'Camping at Gooda', learn how to make men's spear, how to dig for mud crabs and how to find fresh water.  There's even a recipe for damper bread!

The different styles of writing, presented in bitesized chunks, are perfect for following and maintaining the enthusiasm of the reader.  My Book Corner loved the instructions re 'How to dress a snake bite', serious stuff - the method is presented in clear steps.  The 'check'?  "If you survive you have done this right."  Got to love a child's ability to get right to the point!!

Our World comes alive with drawings and illustrations, and what really makes it are the brilliant photographs which ensure the content is so relevant to the reader.  My Book Corner loved the double page spread guide to saltwater creatures - the descriptions aren't the dull, scientific ones, but real and useful.

Interspersed with some traditional stories such as "Kangaroo and Hermit Crab" this book is jam packed full of information including a pronounciation guide for Bardi words.

Our World has earned a place in our book corner but it doesn't stay on the shelf for long!  One Arm Point Remote Community School have done a great job of showing us their culture, and my children are enjoying reading about it.

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Ardiyooloon is home to the Bardi Jaawi people and sits at the end of a red dirt road at the top of the Dampier Peninsula, 200km north of Broome in the north-west of Western Australia. Also known as One Arm Point, the community is surrounded on three sides by the saltwater that plays such an integral part in the people’s lives.
Our World: Bardi Jaawi Life at Ardiyooloon takes readers inside the lives of the children of a remote Indigenous community — lives very different to those experienced by most Australians. This vibrant book is bursting with activity and life.

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Format
Hardcover
Pages
64
ISBN
978-1921248238

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