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Thursday 6 October 2011

Review: From Little Things Big Things Grow

Having just spent several months researching poignant moments in Australian history, it was a joy to read a far more detailed account of an immensely important time in native Australian history.

From Little Things Big Things Grow tells the tale of the Gurindji people who rose up against lousy working conditions and wages and made a land rights claim that set in motion an 8-year 'wait' for land rights.

Known as the Gurindji - or Wave Hill - Walk-Off, the initiative was spearheaded by Vincent Lingiari whose patience, calm and unfailing dedication helped shape legislative changes that would mould the future of native title in Australia.

This beautiful book not only tells the tale of Vincent's participation in the Walk-Off, it celebrates tenacity and justice, told via the poignant lyrics of Paul Kelly's timeless and iconic song.

A collaborative effort, the book features striking landscape paintings by artist Peter Hudson and divinely whimsical illustrations by Gurindji school kids of Kalkaringi in the Northern Territory. A goose-tingling book, brimming with emotion and heart, this is an historical tale all Australians should know. 

Important and inspiring.

Title: From Little Things Big Things Grow
Author: Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody
Illustrator: Peter Hudson and the children from Gurindji Country
Publisher: Affirm Press, $19.96
Publication Date: November 2008
ISBN: 9780975770887
Format: Soft cover
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book