picture book takes us into the beauty and grandeur of Australia’s landscape as
seen through the eyes of a young Cathy Freeman, whose destiny is to run.
barefoot every day across the great ancient land, as her people had done for
sixty thousand years before.
As Cathy runs,
she feels the heartbeat of the land through the very fibres of her being.
when this heartbeat stops and she asks the land what is wrong, young Cathy listens
carefully and understands that she has a job to do.
She must gather seeds from
grasses and plants, and spread those seeds across the land.
This is a
big-hearted book with a timeless message and gorgeous presentation. Taking the
life of our iconic and adored Cathy Freeman, and turning it into an
inspirational tale of resilience and hope, is just perfect.
If the notion
of children as activists, healers and educators doesn’t give you goosebumps and
instil a sense of awe, then the illustrations definitely will, beginning with
the endpapers. These are exquisitely created to sit with the story – seeds and
pods at the beginning of the book, and vibrant native, colourful flowers at the
Each stroke of
the paintbrush and mark of the pastel or pencil, is deliberate, colourful and
wonderful. The colour palette is Australia at its finest – with some
spectacular sunrises and sunsets along with glorious, vast spaciousness.
and empowering book with a call to action for us all. Highly recommended.
Title: The Heartbeat Of The Land
Author: Cathy Freeman
Co-Author: Coral Vass
Illustrator: Tannya Harricks
Publisher: Larrikin, $24.99
Publication Date: September 2022
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book