Our Birds by Siena Stubbs

This inspiring non-fiction book about Australian birds is a treasure trove of mixed delights and is unique in many ways – here are some facts about it:

  • The photographer and author is a young indigenous girl who began her photographic journey with birds at only twelve years of age, through to about fifteen for this book
  • The bird names are presented in the indigenous language of Yolnu Matha which have sounds unknown in English, English itself and also their Yolnu Moiety which is a system of classification based on sound
  • This book is part memoir and part journal of the author-photographers life around Yirrkala in North-East Arnhem Land.
  • There is a selection of 21 birds from the area, presented in a light-hearted, fun but informative way, whilst also giving specific information about how the birds tie into cultural beliefs, stories and lifestyle
  • Each double-page spread has a photo of a bird with relevant information and/or a personal story on one side and a beautiful matching landscape photograph on the other

I would especially like to acknowledge Magabala Books (for whom I have been reviewing for quite a while) who are unique, daring and spot on in creating great books with a contemporary vision.

This is a small book but it includes so much interesting information.

Congratulations to Siena Stubbs for outstanding photography and insightful text.

For each book sold, a donation will go to the Small Seeds Big Reads: Magabala Books for Little Hands philanthropic initiative.

Please click hear to listen to Siena talk about her book https://www.facebook.com/NITVAustralia/videos/10153816012457005/?comment_id=10153822125627005&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R%22%7D



2 thoughts on “Our Birds by Siena Stubbs

  1. Norah says:

    This book looks beautiful, and what a delightful young woman Siena is. I have many Magabala books but not this one yet. I love our Aussie birds. I think this book is a great one to add to my own collection, but also should be in every school library – great for embedding Indigenous perspectives. Thanks for sharing.


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