Silly Birds - Gregg Dreise
Silly Birds was recommended to us by Jackie Bennett and I understand why! It is a wonderfully written book that unpacks some of the elements of Aboriginal culture in a way that children and adults can connect with. It is humorous and serious at the same time and would be enjoyable to read over and over. The illustrations are beautiful and could serve as an art provocation as well as inviting readers to engage in the story. This book is a brilliant resource everyone should have.
In this humble, charming and humorous morality tale, Maliyan is a proud eagle who always looks, listens and sees things from a long way away. One day he meets the turkey Wagun, who is a silly bird, and together these two new friends begin to do silly-bird things. The Elders and Maliyan’s parents become very disappointed and soon the local billabong becomes a mess. The silly birds do not care for anyone and seem to have eaten all the food. Maliyan begins to see the error of his ways and tries to talk to Wagun and the other birds about their actions.
About the Auther
Gregg Dreise is an author and illustrator and is a descendent of the Kamilaroi tribe, from south-west Queensland and north-west New South Wales. Gregg was born and raised in St George, Queensland, and was lucky enough to be raised in a family that loved sport, music and poetry. He is currently a teacher on the sunshine coast.
Published: June 2014
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