Whopping celebration at Teeny Weeny launch

The second picture book created by Milikapiti School students — Teeny Weeny Yikiyikini — was launched last week by National Indigenous Television presenter Natalie Ahmat.

Working with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, the Tiwi Island students developed the concept, narrative and illustrations for the book, describing the search by a cockatoo for his lost family.

The book launch follows the 2015 publication of the school’s hungry crocodile story No Way Yirrikipay!

Singer superstar Jess Mauboy, and author-illustrators Alison Lester and Greg Dreise — all Indigenous Literacy Foundation ambassadors — attended the event.

Teeny Weeny Yikiyikini took eight students from years 3 to 6 about nine months to produce.

Principal Kathryn Leo said more than the 100 books distributed at the launch are being published.

“The children have just finished a draft of their third book in collaboration with Alison Lester,” she said.

“Creating these books have contributed substantially to our students’ literacy. They love both books, and they’ve developed a love of reading.

“They love taking books home and reading with their families, especially to their younger siblings.”

The students performed a Teeny Weeny Yikiyikini rap song composed with Greg Dreise, and read to and with Jess Mauboy, teaching her the Tiwi language in both books.

Jess Mauboy performed some of her recent songs and helped the girls write a song with her.

Teeny Weeny

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