ABC Books, 2022
20pp., board book., RRP $A9.99
Tjitji – sleep is a present from a day that was gorgeous.
In the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara languages, tjitji means child and the beautiful, lyrical words in this book make it the perfect finale for the bedtime read as the curtains are drawn on the day. The stunning artwork features Mother Kangaroo and other animal mothers settling their little ones as dusk creeps over the landscape, singing them to sleep as they prepare for the night with images of calm, peace, tranquility and safety painted in both the words and pictures.
As the anticipation towards a certain day in December grows, this is one that will be ideal to soothe and quieten the excitement so that the child can have a restful night – just as all the animals in the bush are doing.
Little people can watch the Tjitji lullaby just after 7.25pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays on ABC Kids, or anytime on the ABC Kids app or ABC iview, but to have it in book format so they can have it every night when it is the perfect time for them is such a bonus. Parents can learn more, including how to pronounce the words, here.