Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Loongie, the greedy crocodile...

Morning friends!

Loongie is a saltwater crocodile who lives among the mangroves at
Walaman Creek in the remote Kimberley region of
Western Australia.

He has no friends and no-one will come near the creek while he's around.

Loongie soon learns why being greedy has it's consequences.

Jeanne from http://ohpeacefulday.blogspot.com/ blogged a while back about Aboriginal book week or day and whatever books you purchased in that week went towards helping the education of the Aboriginal community. I have just spent the last 10 minutes over at Jeanne's blog, but cannot find the post!

Anyway, 'Loongie' was one of the books that I purchased due to the absolutely stunning illustrations by Bronwyn Houston.

Her vibrant expression of colors is what captures my attention and I wasn't the only one in awe of her delicious art work the other day when we were all the laying on the bed reading books.

My husband has a real gift with the Aboriginal community, a love and compassion that has flowed over to me in the years of us being married.

There is a moment I recall on our honeymoon when Dave & I were on our way out for dinner in Noosa and an Aboriginal walked past us and says to Dave "hey brother", and Dave was like "yeah, hey bro" and I was like 'right'!

Now over the years I have come to understand and respect Dave's gift with the Aboriginal community and the people just love him and Dave loves them and everywhere we go where there are aboriginals Dave is always accepted into there groups and because I am a part of Dave they just accept me, it's really amazing!

In talking about the aboriginal community, today the movie 'Rabbit-Proof Fence' is airing on channel 7. Based on a true story, set in 1931, three Aboriginal girls set off on a trek across the Outback in search of their family after escaping a government mission.

The children and I will be watching this for it is a very real part of our history and I want my children to see how Aboriginals were treated and to develop an understanding and a compassion for the aboriginal community.


  1. Hi Sarah,
    Respect for everybody is to be encouraged. We used to have a friend whose husband works for the aboriginal department in Tennant Creek.

  2. That is a lovley illustration.
    I found the movie "The Rabbit Proof Fence" a bit harrowing, but you're right that we need our kids to know about our history - even the parts we are not so proud of.

  3. http://ohpeacefulday.blogspot.com/2009/09/today-is-indigenous-literacy-day.html

    I wish I'd read your post earlier - I've not seen Rabbit Proof Fence, and I 'd like to. Oh well, next time, eh?

  4. Where did you find the book? I really like it. I did some Aboriginal history with Jaden last term and he was really upset by how they have been treated, he asked me "but how could they just take their homes, they're people too?", such simple logic, and he couldn't get his head around how anyone could think someone wasn't really a person because of the colour of their skin! Wouldn't it be nice if everyone in the world was just as confused by racism!!!!

  5. Here is the website http://www.indigenousliteracyproject.org.au/GetInvolved/Individuals.aspx to go to, then click in the indigenous booklist and scroll down to find the book! There are some wonderful books!


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