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The Shack That Dad Built

Little Hare Books

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The Shack That Dad Built by Elaine Russell
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Our shack had a dirt floor, and before I swept it I would sprinkle water on it so the dust didn't fly everywhere. Then Mum would put an old piece of lino down. I thought it looked lovely! When Elaine Russell was five, her dad built the family a shack just outside the Aboriginal mission at La Perouse in Sydney. In The Shack that Dad Built, Elaine illustrates what life was like for an indigenous kid on the urban fringes. Her recollections range from the happy memories of hide-and-seek in the sand dunes and hunting for bush tucker to more bittersweet memories, such as her "Saddest Christmas Ever" (when the charity responsible for distributing presents to the local Aboriginal kids ran out of toys just as Elaine reached the head of the queue). Elaine's colourful, painterly illustrations vividly recreate these childhood experiences.

Author Biography

Elaine Russell spent much 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.
Release date NZ
July 27th, 2005
Country of Publication
Australia
Imprint
Little Hare
Pages
32
Dimensions
230x273x4
ISBN-13
9781877003943
Product ID
1646057

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