Age range 3 to 6
Baby Business tells the story of the baby smoking ceremony that welcomes baby to country. The smoke is a blessing -- it will protect the baby and remind them that they belong. This beautiful ritual is recounted in a way young children will completely relate to.
Jasmine Seymour is a Darug woman and a descendant of Maria Lock, daughter of Yarramundi, the Boorooberongal Elder who had met Governor Phillip on the banks of the Hawkesbury in 1791. It is Jasmine's wish that through her books, everyone will know that the Darug mob are still here, still strong. Jasmine is a primary school teacher in the Hawkesbury area of NSW.
by Anna Sheen
This is one of my favourite Indigenous picture books. Author Jasmine Seymour is a Darug woman and a primary school teacher. In 'Baby Business' she beautifully explains how Darug people welcome babies into their community with a special smoking ceremony. Darug language is integrated into this wonderful story about having a strong connection to culture and country from the very first day a baby comes into the world. We adore books that bring Indigenous culture to children of all ages; I love to recommend this one as a baby shower gift!
Anna is one of the co-managers of Where The Wild Things Are and before that was the Assistant manager of Avid Reader. Anna has 21 years of bookselling experience and reads extensively from picture books through to young adult novels. Anna is the Wild Things non-book buyer and one of the main contributors to our weekly storytime. Anna has two young children so most of her picture-book and middle-reader recommendations are tried-and-tested with the most discerning critics.
Publication Date: 01-Jun-2019
Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing