Down the Hole

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Based on the childhood experiences of two Aboriginal women who had to hide from Australian government officials who were trying to take them away from their families. Includes notes explaining why the children were hiding, and biographical information about the authors, the illustrator, and Daisy Bates. Suggested level: primary.

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The illustrations capture golden scenes from Aboriginal peoples perspective of their children being stolen from them. They outsmarted authorities by hiding their little ones where ever they could. It is a tragic history explored in a sensitive, personal way. I enjoyed the deeper explanations at the end of the book to explain the background to the story. I am enthusiastic to share this story with Australia's next generation to foster empathy and unity.  

About the author (2000)

Eileen Wani Wingfield is of Aboriginal descent and has been a member of the Kokatha People's Committee and the Senior Aboriginal Women's Council of Coober Pedy, a group formed to keep the culture alive.

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