Walking in Gagudju Country: Exploring the Monsoon Forest
Written by Diane Lucas and Ben Tyler
Illustrated by Emma Long
Reviewed by Des. Crump
Diane Lucas moved to Kakadu in her late twenties; Ben Tyler is a Bininj man from Kakadu while Emma long is an accomplished art educator living in Darwin. Together they share their love and knowledge of the Top End in their first book.
The text is rich in cultural knowledge while the detailed illustrations take the reader into the world of the Top End. Each page presents a different ecosystem of Kakadu and the remarkable plants and animals that live there; however, the Kundjeyhmi cultural story provides a deeper layer of meaning. A glossary provides readers with further information alongside the language words sprinkled throughout the book.
Walking in Gagudju Country is aimed at primary school readers and introduces them to the rich wonders of Kakadu and Kundjeyhmi language and culture. This picture book can also be utilized across the curriculum with links to the Australian Curriculum: Science with a suggested holistic approach outlined in the Allen and Unwin Teacher’s Notes.