This is what my kids have been doing ALL summer! We haven't been able to find a whole lot of bugs here in Alaska, but we can find a rock every where we go :) They never tire of painting rocks either! Check out these great rocks and an inspiring book also from Red Ted Art:
1) as I was hoping to do an Indigenous inspired craft, I wanted an indigenous inspired book to go with it.
2) the book was published by Freemantle Press – i.e. a local publisher
3) the story and illustrations themselves appealed to me… so:
The story is of a crow, that spies (itself) in the waterhole, but thinks that this beautiful and courage bird is “someone else”. She sets off to try and be a “better bird”, always encountering “other” crows in the local ponds and streams.. until one day the kookaburra points out to her, that it is her all along – she is brave and couragous. She is beautiful. She just needs to look at herself. I love the story, as it tells children to look and see that they too are wonderful eventhough “others always seem to be better”. It also features classic Australian “characters” – the gum tree and the kookaburra! The illustrations are beautifully vibrant and an in many ways the most beautiful part of the book.