Sunday 22 May 2022

Miimi Marraal, Mother Earth

Miimi Marraal, Mother Earth written and illustrated by Melissa Greenwood (HarperCollins) HB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9780733341632

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Talented Aboriginal author and artist Melissa Greenwood has created a visually stunning picture book for mothers to share with their babies or toddlers. The gorgeous front cover is reason enough to give this book a prominent position on the shelf. The title ‘Miimi Marraal’ means ‘Mother Earth’ in Greenwood’s native Gumbaynggirr language.

Written in the second person, a mother speaks to her precious baby and tells her of the deep connection they have with each other and to the land, trees, animals and seas. She gently explains that Miimi Marraal has created everything they see and if they take care of the earth, she will take care of them. It promotes the important message to only take from the earth what is needed.

The beautiful contemporary artwork has been created using colours and patterns inspired by the land. Greenwood is the co-founder of the art and design label Miimi & Jiinda which creates fabulous artwork, clothing, accessories, and homewares. For more information go to

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