Elaine Russell's story of the daily routines and incidents growing up on a mission in northern NSW.
More than just an alphabet book, this title uses the letters A-Z as a framework to tell us about growing up on a mission in northern New South Wales. It is a first alphabet book with an Aboriginal theme and describes daily routines and incidents in and around the mission – including billycart racing and yabby fishing.
This book was shortlisted for the Picture Book Award in the 2001 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards, and was an Eve Pownall Information Book Honour Book.
Elaine Russell was born in Tingha, northern New South Wales, in 1941. She spent most of her childhood on the Aboriginal mission at Lake Cargelligo, where her father was a handyman. In 1993, Elaine enrolled in a visual arts course and was finally able to realise her lifelong ambition to be a painter. Her work has been displayed - and is held by - museums and galleries around the world. Elaine's first book, A is for Aunty (ABC Books, 2000), was shortlisted for the Picture Book Award in the 2001 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards, and was an Eve Pownall Information Book Honour Book.