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Sorry Day

Sorry Day

Winner of the Eve Pownall Award at the 2019 CBCA Awards

by Coral Vass and Dub Leffler

Hardback Publication Date: 01/05/2018

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**Winner of the Eve Pownall Award at the 2019 CBCA Awards**

There was a hum of excitement.
Flags flickered in the breeze as Maggie’s heart danced with delight.
‘This is a very special day!’ her mother said.

Maggie holds tight to her mother as they await the long anticipated apology to show a willingness to reconcile the past for future generations. In the excitement of the crowd Maggie loses touch of her mother’s hand as is lost.

In a time ‘long ago and not so long ago’ children were taken from their parents, their ‘sorrow echoing across the land’.

As the Prime Minister’s speech unfolds Maggie is reunited with her mother. But the faces and memories of the stolen generation are all around them.

Two stories entwine in this captivating retelling of the momentous day when the then Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, acknowledged the sorrows of past and said ‘Sorry’ to the generation of children who were taken from their homes.

The book includes a foreword from Lee Joachim; Chair of Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative and Director of Research and Development for Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation.

ISBN:
9780642279033
9780642279033
Category:
Picture books
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-05-2018
Publisher:
National Library of Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
34
Dimensions (mm):
255x245mm
Weight:
0.35kg
Coral Vass

Coral Vass has always had a passion for writing and telling stories. After studying media at university, she dabbled in script writing, radio drama and video production before working for several years in marketing and publications.

Her first children’s picture book was published in 2011 and she now writes fulltime. Her signature style has a splash of rhythm, a dash of rhyme and is stirred with fun. Coral is also on the team of Kids Book Review. She adores children’s books, visiting schools and inspiring children with a love for literature.

With three cricket-loving sons, Coral was delighted to write a children’s picture book based on the life of Sir Donald Bradman. ‘He was an extraordinary sportsman, who shaped Australia's history. It is only fitting he be included in the Meet… series.’

Dub Leffler

Dub Leffler is descended from the Bigambul people of south-west Queensland. He began his visual arts career as an animator and has worked as a muralist and art teacher and collaborated with internationally recognised illustrators such as Colin Thompson, Shaun Tan and Banksy.

He has illustrated twenty-three books for children, including Sorry Day, by Coral Vass, which won the 2019 CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, and Black Cockatoo, by Carl Merrison and Hakea Hustler, which was a 2019 CBCA Honour Book. He is also the author-illustrator of the acclaimed picture book, Once there was a boy. He travels around Australia and the world helping children make illustrations of their own.

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