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Pages: 72
Publication year: 2021
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Beneath the Stars

Written by Ezekiel Kwaymullina
Illustrated by Sally Morgan

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Beneath the Stars is a collection of three board books, We All Sleep, My Country and Dreamers, housed in a beautiful slipcase for first-time readers. This collection from acclaimed mother-and-son-team Sally Morgan and Ezekiel Kwaymullina takes readers on a journey and lends itself to interactive reading aloud with play-acting or actions.

PRAISE FOR THE BOOKS

We All Sleep (Ezekiel Kwaymullina & Sally Morgan, Fremantle Press) takes readers from the “kookaburra calls” of the morning to the “dingo howls” of the evening until all creatures are asleep beneath the stars.’ Books+Publishing

‘The beautiful illustrations are diverse and evocative.’ The West Australian

‘From the dynamism of the watery endpapers to the flight of the kookaburra, all her images resonate with an acute vibrancy. A magpie’s song ripples out in soundwaves and transforms the air, patterns fluctuate, colours undulate and all natural things contain an intensity of life force.’ Magpies

‘The mother–son duo take readers on a journey about life, people and animals in We All Sleep with poetic languages and bright, eye-catching colour.’ Cockburn Gazette

‘The chunky, pocket format perfectly complements the bold geometric illustrations and will be a great introduction to Indigenous stories for the very young.’ Books + Publishing

‘The illustrations vibrate on the page, opulent colours that bring to life country and its creatures.’ National Indigenous Times

Dreamers is a glorious picture book.’ The West Australian

‘The book gives you a feeling of hope a lightness in the heart and the belief that our children are our future.’ Pedals

‘I love this picture book because it is joyful and joy-filled.’ Kids Book Review

‘The illustrations are full of lush colours and swirling movement’ Children’s Books Daily

‘Full of fun and the joy of living the book is a treat to read a loud and read alone.’ ReadPlus

‘The evocative text by Ezekiel Kwaymullina comes to life through the emotive images of childhood dreaming’ M/C Reviews

‘A beautiful celebration of our country with simple text and so much to look at in each stunning illustration. A book that should be in every home.’ Good Reading

‘This is a book every Aussie child should read.’ Sunday Times

‘… a loving and jubilant celebration of Australia, depicting the landscape as a diverse, bountiful and welcoming playground … Morgan and Kwaymullina’s text is outstanding–lively yet lyrical. This is an excellent introduction to the important concepts of nationality and belonging, while the underlying journey from morning to night also makes for a soothing bedtime read.’ Junior Books+Publishing

My Country, … is both enchanting and joyous.’ Artist’s Chronicle

‘Dreaming, exploring and wondering about the world is part of the essence of early childhood. This new Australian Aboriginal picture book … provides an excellent vehicle for supporting young readers to do just that, with vivid illustrations and a gentle dusting of text.’ Bright Hub

‘Sally Morgan’s pictures, strongly inspired by Aboriginal tradition, are unusual and beautiful. The pages are full of zinging colour [with] a lovely sense of design.’ Magpies Magazine

‘Rich, busy and vital, her paintings are filled with movement as the little girl slides down the river snake’s rainbow and rides the whispering wind.’ The Age

‘A vibrantly beautiful story book for young readers.’ M/C Reviews

‘… a delightful story of a little girl free to roam on land, sea and in the sky.’ Koori Mail

Awards

Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards (Shortlisted 2016)
Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Books (Notable Book 2012)
Children’s Book Council of Australia Early Childhood (Notable Book 2012)



Pages: 72
Publication Year: 2021
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Ezekiel Kwaymullina is from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan was born in Perth, in 1951. She has published books for both adults and children, including her acclaimed autobiography, My Place. She has also established a national reputation as an artist and has works in many private and public collections.