The Sugarbag Written by Nola Turner-Jensen Illustrated by Dub Leffler
OVERVIEW The Sugarbag shares the story of Jimmy and Max, who on their way to visit their grandfather encounter a stingless native bee. Jimmy has learnt about this type of bee and how to hunt for its ‘sugarbag’ — honey! He takes this opportunity to teach his younger brother how to find this hidden treasure.
THEMES • Aboriginal culture and customs • Adventure • Native bees and their ‘sugarbag’ honey
AUDIENCE AND WRITING STYLE Suitable for lower primary students, The Sugarbag is a narrative told simply and effectively. The words are at times written in shapes to depict the movement of the bee and the boys. Some Wiradjuri language words are included.