Wolinga, the wild wobbley bird, flew wildly around the whirlpool wondering when it would stop. Suddenly, a Burrum seashell fell from the clouds into the whirlpool and went down, and down, to the bottom of the sea. Wolinga wondered when a fish would swim by to eat for his dinner. Wolinga flew around and out of the corner of his eye he suddenly saw a fisherman fishing. Wolinga flew over to his canoe to see if a fish was sitting in the fisherman’s basket. He flew up above the boat and flew around and around, and then down and down into the canoe, and snatched the fish out of the basket. (The full story comes with ten beautiful illustrations).
This book gives children insight into Australian Aboriginal culture in an engaging and imaginative way. It presents the connection between land, sea, sky, animals, and Australia’s First People. The story borrows from the true and past journey of the author’s people. The Burrum Shell offers intrigue for every child, including a whirlpool, a cheeky bird, a very sore thumb, and, of course, the mysterious Burrum shell.
About the Author
S.G.GRAHAMis an Aboriginal elder of the Dalungburra people, who are part of the Butchulla Nation in Queensland, Australia. The author writes and illustrates stories for children so that they can gain insight into the culture of Australia’s First People. The stories are based on true events.