Going Bush by Nadia Wheatley


Going Bush by Nadia Wheatley

The award-winning journey of friendship and harmony involving sixteen children from eight schools in south-west Sydney as they explore their local environment and work collaboratively on art and writing. We should have harmony among people who live on this beautiful planet. We should make friends with people we don't know. We should play, share and have trust with everyone. Mohammed On this journey I experienced the bush and I experienced life. I also found a brandnew way to learn, and know new things. Christine We worked together, made friends, and played together. I learned about ngurra, trees and plants, animals and Aboriginal people. Alban In 2005 author Nadia Wheatley and artist Ken Searle developed a Harmony Project with sixteen students from eight infant and primary schools in Sydney some Muslim, some Catholic, some government schools. As well as experiencing the harmony of the natural environment, the children were encouraged to learn about harmony between the traditional owners and the land, and to find harmony in friendship and collaboration. Going Bush showcases some of the students illustration and writing, linked together with art and design by Ken Searle and a narrative by Nadia Wheatley. Ages: 7 to 12

About the Author

Nadia Wheatley writes for both adults and young people. Her award-winning books cover the genres of fiction, history, biography and picture books, and reflect her commitment to social justice. Nadia's first book, Five Times Dizzy, was often described as the first multicultural children's book in this country. Ken Searlegrew up around the Cooks River, in the south-west suburbs of Sydney, where he still lives. He is best known for his large paintings in oil on canvas, depicting the suburban and industrial areas of a number of Australian cities. As well, he has painted the landscapes of the Western Desert and of the southern coastline.

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40 pages


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Publication date

5th June 2014



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