Bronwyn Bancroft’s love and respect for her Country shines inComing Home to Country. There are few words in this book – a sentence per page – but they are carefully chosen words and I got goosebumps more than once. As Bancroft explores her Country’s ancient history – the colours, the smells and the sounds – you really feel it all as you read. On one page she lies on her back to watch the clouds skirmish and ‘feasts on the poetry of each intricate image’. I immediately wanted to put the book down and go outside to do the same. The illustrations are everything we’ve come to expect from Bancroft, they are stunning and true representations of Country and its spirit, bright and bold, and delicate and intricate all at once.
Now, more than ever, we need to consider our connection to the land we stand upon all too briefly and leave to those who will follow after us.Coming Home to Countryis perfect for helping us to do just that. For ages 2+.
About the Author
Born in Tenterfield, northern New South Wales, Bronwyn Bancroft is a descendant of the Djanbun clan of the Bundjalung nation. Bronwyn is a leading Indigenous artist, illustrator and art administrator whose work is held at the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Australian Museum. Brownyn has illustrated several award-winning books for children and she has a long history of involvement in community activism.