Bianca’s numbat asking ‘Who will save us from the Rabbits…?’
We read The Rabbits by John Marsden. The book is illustated by Shaun Tan and the pictures are amazing.
The book uses rabbits and numbats to represent the European settlers and the Australian Aboriginals. The book talks about Aboriginal people losing their land, their animals and even their children. We responded to the book in two ways. We did some rocket writing which is where we write quickly( like a rocket) for ten minutes and get out all the words that are in our head.
I really liked this story but what I can’t get my head around is that the Aboriginal kids were stolen. That makes me sad.
The Aboriginal mums would have been confused and heartbroken. They would have been angry that they took their land and built houses and roads. They ruined everything.
The book is really about what happened to the Aboriginals and the people from England. They did actually take their children so they could be taught the way white people were but the Aboriginals did not like it and started to fight against them. Some children escaped and got back to their families but some didn’t. That’s why on Australia day, Aboriginals are angry and sad.
We also did some drawings using charcoal and chalk pastels. We highly recommend this book to all students and adults.
Monique’s Australian Aboriginals
Zarah’s stolen children