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Mum's Elephant

by Maureen Jipiyiliya Nampijinpa O'Keefe and Christina Booth
Publication Date: 01/04/2020
RRP  $17.99 $15.75

Maureen Jipiyiliya Nampijinpa O’Keefe grew up in the remote community of Ali Curung in the NT.

Her family lived a bush life. They didn’t own much but her mother had a very special ‘elephant’. It was her mother’s most prized possession and she gave it tender loving care. When her mother’s friends were around, they had real tea-parties with the elephant. Often her mother would sleep with it beside her bed.

Christina Booth’s splendid illustrations of desert landscapes and bush life deepen the mystery of the elephant, only revealing subtle clues to its true identity. The reader is beguiled by the storytelling until the big surprise when the elephant is revealed. Maureen Jipiyiliya Nampijinpa O’Keefe is a natural storyteller and conveys warmth and humour in her writing. Mum’s Elephant will intrigue children and remind adult readers of the simple things that held a special charm when they were young.

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'A simply lovely story about the sometimes-quirky memories we have of our mothers.' — Dub Leffler, award winning author/illustrator

'Maureen Jipiyiliya Nampijinpa O’Keefe has spun a cherished childhood memory into a beguiling tale for children in this debut picture book...The joy and value of community lies at the centre of this story — the teapot, which comes out whenever friends visit, is valued for its ability to spark conversations and shared stories — and O’Keefe’s gentle humour illuminates the creative and transformative power of a child’s perspective on an adult world. Mum’s Elephant is a welcome addition to the growing number of stories being shared by First Nations writers.' — Bronte Coates, Books+Publishing

Christina Booth

Award-winning author–illustrator Christina Booth works from her bush studio surrounded by amazing native animals, colourful birds, her chickens, a failed elderly guide dog and studio cat.

She considered being an Olympic athlete, a hairdresser or an archaeologist when she grew up, but she didn’t. She wasn’t as good at them as she was at drawing and writing stories.

Christina was awarded a CBCA Honour Book Award for her book, Kip, and has won numerous awards including the Environment Award for Children’s Literature for her story, Welcome Home.

Spirit (written by Cherri Ryan) is her first picture book with Black Dog Books.

This title is in stock with our Australian supplier and arrives at our Sydney warehouse within 4 weeks of you placing an order.

Once received into our warehouse we will despatch it to you with a Shipping Notification which includes online tracking.

Please check the estimated delivery times below for your region, for after your order is despatched from our warehouse:

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NT Metro  3 - 6 working days

NT Remote  4 - 10 working days

QLD Metro  2 - 4 working days

QLD Rural  2 - 5 working days

QLD Remote  2 - 7 working days

SA Metro  2 - 5 working days

SA Rural  3 - 6 working days

SA Remote  3 - 7 working days

TAS Metro  3 - 6 working days

TAS Rural  3 - 6 working days

VIC Metro  2 - 3 working days

VIC Rural  2 - 4 working days

VIC Remote  2 - 5 working days

WA Metro  3 - 6 working days

WA Rural  4 - 8 working days

WA Remote  4 - 12 working days

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