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ISBN: 9781760991975
Dimensions: 25x19cm
Pages: 32
Publication year: 2022
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Noongar Boodja Waangkan: Noongar First Words

Written by Jayden Boundry
Illustrated by Tyrown Waigana

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Wandjoo Noongar boodja – welcome to Noongar Country!

Noongar Boodja Waangkan: Noongar First Words is an illustrated book of first Noongar words. Noongar is the language of the Noongar nation and is spoken by 14 different groups across the south-west corner of Western Australia. Written in Noongar and English, this fully illustrated collection of first Noongar words includes family, plants, animals, emotions, colours, numbers and more. The audio pronunciation guide is available now.


‘… a great way for little people – and big ones – to learn some Noongar language.’ The West

Very young readers will enjoy exploring the pages with an adult, while older children and adults will find this an enticing introduction to the Noongar language. This book would make a wonderful addition for classrooms building a diverse collection.’ Writing WA

Noongar Boodja Waangkan is a fun, educational book that will be a valuable resource for any classroom library.’ Little Squirrel Bookshelf

‘The layouts are enticing and easy to follow, thanks to Waigana’s elegant illustrations …’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘This is a wonderful book to share with children and to foster an appreciation and understanding of First Nations languages throughout Australia.’ ReadPlus

‘Waigana’s images have an energy that creates an engaging and humorous tone for a book that could otherwise be a dull list of words.’ Reading Time

Pages: 32
Publication Year: 2022
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Jayden Boundry

Jayden Boundry is Wadjak Balardong Noongar and Badimaya Yamatji. He is a Noongar language teacher and cultural consultant, didgeridoo player, traditional dancer and storyteller with Ngalak Nidja.

Tyrown Waigana

Tyrown Waigana is a Wardandi Noongar (south-west cape country) and Ait Koedhal (Torres Strait Islander) multidisciplinary artist and graphic designer.