All the proud tribesmen by Kylie Tennant illustrated Clem Seale

All The Proud Tribesmen

By Kylie Tennant

Go on a riveting adventure with "All the Proud Tribesmen," where a 12-year-old boy and his community face the aftermath of a volcanic eruption. Authored by Kylie Tennant and illustrated by Clem Seale, this 1959 Children's Book of the Year captures the challenges and triumphs of a pearl-diving village forced to find a new home. A timeless narrative of courage and survival, perfect for children aged 8 and above. This site contains affiliate links for which I may be compensated. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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“All the Proud Tribesmen,” penned by the renowned Australian author Kylie Tennant, is a captivating children’s novel that explores themes of survival, community, and resilience. Set against the backdrop of the Torres Strait, the book introduces readers to a young boy named Kerri, who narrates the perilous journey of his people as they escape the catastrophic eruption of their island home.

Illustrated with striking black and white art by Clem Seale, this narrative not only entertains but educates, dipping into the rich cultural tapestry of the Torres Strait islanders. The story unfolds as the community, skilled in pearl-diving and fishing, must migrate to the enigmatic island of Malu, confronting and overcoming new challenges.

This hardcover reprint edition from 1960 features a brown illustrated cloth cover and is preserved in fair condition, despite some signs of aging such as mild tanning and foxing. The resilience depicted in the story mirrors the book’s physical journey through time.

Ideal for young readers, “All the Proud Tribesmen” offers a profound look at the dynamics of change and adaptation through the eyes of a courageous child. This novel is not only a thrilling adventure but also a poignant reminder of the enduring spirit of human communities in the face of natural disasters. A must-read for those interested in stories that combine historical depth with heartwarming narratives.

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