Monday, 12 December 2011

Nanna’s Storm – author = Vicki Griffin, illustrations = Vicky Duncan

A funny story about a mischievous Nanna who relives with her grand-daughters the good times she had when their mother was young.

No matter what their age, grown-ups can still have a wicked sense of humour.

Writer – Vicki Griffin

Although brought up in Sydney as a white person, Vicki Griffin discovered her Indigenous

Heritage in the early 1990’s with her mob coming from the Shoalhaven area – Darawal tribe to the South Coast of New South Wales. This inspired her to investigate her cultural and artistic talents and she began writing and painting.

Now her art hangs not only in local schools and daycare centres in the Brisbane area but also in Japan.

Discovering more of her talents in the realm of writing she enrolled at the University of New England and in 2006 completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Communication.

Vicki Griffin is married with four children and lives in Queensland. In 2001 she became a guardian of a Torres Strait Islander child and is leading him into his culture.

Illustrator – Vicky Duncan

Vicky Duncan grew up around Inverell in Northern NSW, Kamilaroi country, where she learned about her culture and language from her father. She has done art since a teenager.

In her early career she taught art at local schools and the South Inverell Linking Together Centre and sold her work at markets.

Vicky now works with cultural and environmental land care volunteers and as an Aboriginal advisory to the Borders River Gwydir CMA but still enjoys doing art.

The illustrations in this book are done in acrylic on paper, but Vicky also enjoys using ochres, fibres, wood and emu eggs, and designing dream catchers, tattoos and cartoons.

This story is aimed at aboriginal children, but I believe every child should have the opportunity to read this wonderful story no matter their background.

I was approached by the author Vicki to review this book a while ago. I glad to accept and review Nanna’s Storm.

Nanna’s Storm is a wonderful book. It did take me a second reading to get how the story worked but my fiancé read it once and got the idea first go (I must have been having a slow day when I first read it lol).

I found Nanna’s Storm an enjoyable read. It is beautifully illustrated by Vicky Duncan and the illustrations tell the story really well.

My fiancé and I look forward to reading this to our future children.


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