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Papunya School Book of Country and History - Nadia Wheatley

Papunya School Book of Country and History

By: Nadia Wheatley, Ken Searle (Illustrator)


Published: 1st July 2003
For Ages: 11 - 14 years old
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Winner: CBC Awards 2002, Book of the Year: Eve Pownall Award for Information Books.
Winner of the single primary title category and named joint overall winner of the Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing 2002. Winner: 2002

Product Description

This work tells the story of how Anangu from five different language groups came to live together at Papunya. From the time of first contact with explorers, missionaries and pastoralists, through to the Papunya art movement and the Warumpi Band, the multi-layered text finally leads us to the development of the unique educational environment that is Papunya School. As an example of two-way learning, it is a profound metaphor for reconciliation .

The book is a collaboration involving the staff and students of Papunya School, working together with children's writer Nadia Wheatley and artist Ken Searle. Combining many voices and many hands, it was originally produced as a resource to be used for the Papunya School Curriculum.

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Great book of Aboriginal child history.


from Kilsyth, Australia

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Informative
  • Well Written


    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Reference
    • Special Needs
    • Travel Reading
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about Papunya School Book of Country and History:

    Very well put together. The illustrations and the story reveal the feelings, thoughts and facts of an Aboriginal School community. Loved it.

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    'An extraordinary publication ... a restoration, a rebuilding, a rediscovery of vision.' Magpies'The interface between traditional paintings and Western-style illustration is an integral part of the book's method and meaning. Similarly, the text combines language simple enough for primary school children with concepts too complex for many Australian politicians.' The Weekend Australian'A rare artistic achievement.'Panorama'No course in Australian history, at whatever level, will ever by complete now without Papunya School Book of Country and History.' Australian Book Review

    ISBN: 9781865085258
    ISBN-10: 1865085251
    Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
    For Ages: 11 - 14 years old
    For Grades: 7 - 10
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 50
    Published: 1st July 2003
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 28.0  x 0.4
    Weight (kg): 0.27
    Edition Number: 1