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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. Ages 2+.
Elaine Russell was a proud Kamileroi woman born at Tingha, New South Wales. She spent her early years at La Perouse in Sydney. Her family then moved to the Murrin Bridge Mission, on the Lachlan River, near Lake Cargellico, New South Wales. Aunty Elaine had a lifelong love of art, particularly drawing. But she didn't begin her formal artistic career until 1993, at the age of 52, when she enrolled in the Certificate of Visual Arts course Eora Centre TAFE(Technical and Further Education) in Redfern. Elaine became a member of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative with her paintings of mission life, such as attending school and routine inspection days. She was a finalist in the 2005 and 2006 Parliament of New South Wales Indigenous Art Prize, and the recipient of the 3rd Indigenous Heritage Art Award in 2000. In 2000 Aunty Elaine published A is for Aunty, an alphabetical account of mission life for children designed to encourage literacy and an awareness of Aboriginal history in the younger generation. It became the 2001 Children's Book Council of Australia Eve Pownall Information Book Honour Book, and was shortlisted for the 2001 Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book Award.